Day of the Girl Summit News and Updates
Chester, NJ – Sarah Stover isn’t your typical 15-year-old. When she was 12, she helped raise $10,000 to build a well and cistern in Haiti. She’s currently in her fifth year of studying Mandarin and recently decided to teach herself German. She loves to draw and ride horses.
And in August 2012, Sarah was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, pediatric follicular lymphoma, and needed immediate surgery. She responded well to the treatments and was given the opportunity to be granted a wish through Make-A-Wish® New Jersey, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions between the ages of 2 ½ and 18.
Sarah chose to give six at-risk girls a chance at an education and hope for a brighter future by sponsoring them for a year at the More Than Me Academy in Liberia, West Africa. More Than Me (MTM) gets girls off the street and into school in one of the poorest slums in the world. The MTM Academy, a free, all-girls primary school, opened its doors on September 7th with the support of Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
When asked about her decision to support girls education in Liberia, she said: “I thought, instead of giving me something to look forward to, why don’t I give six girls something to look forward to instead?”
This Human Rights Day, IDG Summit honors Sarah for her commitment to girls around the world. Thank you for believing in the power of girls education.
This is why we VOTE FOR GIRLS!
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This December, the IDG Summit Team invites you to Vote for Girls to keep girls’ voices and experiences in the Post-2015 Agenda at the United Nations.
Here’s what’s happening:
From 2000 – 2015, the United Nations used the Millennium Development Goals (or MDGs) to establish a vision of a better world for people everywhere.
The MDGs included 8 goals:
In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals will come to an end and the international community will need to create a new plan to help people around the world.
This new plan is called the “Post-2015 Agenda.” This is where YOU come in! YOU can help make sure that the United Nations includes girls’ voices and experiences as the Post-2015 Agenda gets formed. And it is SO EASY. Here are 3 Steps that YOU can take:
Step 1: Vote for Girls
Go to the My World survey and add “Girls” to the Suggest a Priority section at the bottom. Complete the rest of the survey and Click “Vote” to make sure that your voice is heard!
Step 2: Show the World Why You Voted for Girls
On a piece of paper, write down why you think it is important to include girls in the Post-2015 Agenda. For example, “I Voted for Girls because…” then add your response.
Take a photo of yourself holding the Vote for Girls paper and post it on Instagram.
Make sure to add the hashtags #Vote4Girls #Post2015 #11MonthsofAction and add @IDG2014 and @NGOWGG in the caption.
Step 3: Join us in our fight for girls’ rights across the globe!
Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to learn more about #IDG2014, #11MonthsofAction and stay involved!
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This Month of Action is sponsored by our friends at the Working Group on Girls at the United Nations.
Long Live the Girls is a girls’ empowerment group based in Hawassa, Ethiopia that focuses on building girls’ creative writing skills. The Girl Manifesto is a signature project, which prepares girls and women to engage gender policy through the manifesto as a literary and political form.
In a world where speaking up and out can trigger negative attention and consequences, the Girl Manifesto project makes a difference in the lives of the 33 girls and women who come daily, sometimes from great distances, to participate in our writing workshops and literary readings.
Girls practice the skills and tools necessary to build confidence and speak out on the issues that mattered most to them. The GIRL MANIFESTO book is now in its final stages of production and will be ready for distribution at the end of 2013.
The Girl Manifesto is an extraordinary achievement – highlighting how collaborators from around the world come together to rally and to amplify girls and women’s voices in Ethiopia — contributing to a growing literary scene in the country. The Girl Manifesto also evidences a wider, international conversation on the power of girls and women to transform their own lives and the worlds around them.
On behalf of Break Arts: International Arts & Education Collaborative (www.breakarts.org) as well as Action for Youth and Community Change, we look forward to being part of the change we all want to see in the world — where all people feel free and safe to express themselves.
— Kidest Tariku & Amanda Lichtenstein, Long Live the Girls
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Whenever I’m asked to express my sentiments regarding the International Day of the Girl, I am left in a state of indecisiveness. My views are couched in an expression of an inherent dichotomy. The day symbolizes a space to appreciate liberation and reassertion of an identity (of being a girl) otherwise discriminated against. It appears to me as if I’ll be heard today; my dreams which, on other accounts are termed unrealistic shall qualify to be viewed on this occasion, as inspirational and a path-breaking ideology. Celebrating the voice of a ‘she’ internationally reinforces the idea of how significant girls can be the world over. Why then, should there even be a special day to commemorate the voice of a girl? Is it because she continues to struggle, protest, face subjugation and routine unjust treatment for the rest three sixty four days of the year? How crucial is this celebration, in correlation to the hard- hitting realities of young girls across the globe? Initially, I struggled to comprehend the purpose of the day itself.
But then my initial sense of pessimism recedes in the background. It is hard to deny the roots of such a celebration that germinates as a consequence of an unbroken chain of successful struggle, a network of millions of girls and their fragmented stories which, when joined together, becomes a remarkable narration– of love, hope and persistent courage. Inspirational young girls have time and again, resisted against oppression, unjust treatment and violence inflicted upon them. Girls face sex-selection, incidents of sex trafficking, child marriage, school drop- out, child sexual abuse and incest in our local and global communities.
What is encouraging is the realization that just like oppression against girls has been an endemic phenomenon transcending national boundaries; youth activism advocating for equal rights and opportunities of girls is now center stage amidst a global audience. For me – in the process of fighting for the constitutional right to life that every girl child deserves in India, through Campaign Rebirth, and in contributing to the International Day of the Girl Speak Out at the United Nations, I have realized that the world does not need to be a cruel place. It can be a place of transformation and change. By focusing on the two dimensions of female foeticide and rights of abandoned girls currently residing in shelter homes of New Delhi, India, I am convinced that the impetus to change will come from us – the girls.
I draw my sense of inspiration from the small, simple things in life – from young girls becoming young activists in support of global education; standing up to represent her choice of not getting married or deciding upon her own professional pursuits; to something as seemingly insignificant as girls learning to ride a bicycle. I get inspired, not only by girls who have experienced oppression, but others who have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones to become sensitive to discrimination and in turn, sown their own seeds of conviction, change and persistence.
I believe our societies have much to contribute in terms of encouraging girls to become change makers – to challenge centuries of discrimination around the globe.
Girls, I strongly feel, must be celebrated each day, for their creativity, vibrancy and enthusiasm. Further still – every act of standing up for equality of opportunities is applause-worthy. It is that fact, that stands out to me as the key message of this day – the International Day of the Girl.
Every initiative matters. Every girl matters.
By: Arpita, Founder/ President Campaign Rebirth, Sociology Student and Coordinator of Women’s Development Cell, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, India.
You can watch Arpita’s video for the International Day of the Girl Summit: Here!This entry was posted in Girls Speak Out, News, Video and tagged Arpita, girls rights, Girls Speak Out, IDG2013, India on .
Vote for Kakenya and help more girls go to school in Kenya! Kakenya started a school for girls in Enoosaen, Kenya in 2009. Since that time, she has helped to educate over 150 girls in her village. She is an inspiration to girls around the world and she inspires us to create change in our communities.
Now, its your turn to help Kakenya. She has been nominated as a CNN Hero and if she wins, she will direct the prize of $300,000 towards educating and empowering girls across Kenya.
Vote for Kakenya HERE!
About the Center: The Kakenya Center for Excellence seeks to empower and motivate young girls through education to become agents of change and to break the cycle of destructive cultural practices in Kenya, such as female genital mutilation and early forced marriage. These future leaders will improve their community, their nation, and the world. The Center seeks to come up with the best educational system for young African girls and promises to share their model with others.This entry was posted in News and tagged CNN Hero, Kakenya Center for Excellence on .
Girls are powerful leaders and the Global Girls Conversation is their chance to tell their stories, raise their voices, and share their success with the world. Let Girls Lead’s Global Girls’ Conversation video contest is now accepting submissions of 1-2 minute videos that capture how girls are transforming their own lives and the world. This exciting contest is open to girls, organizations, and girls’ allies (friends, family, and community members) who want to share girls’ stories of inspiring leadership. Enter the contest: Here.
A jury of filmmakers, global experts, and girl leaders will select the best videos submitted, and winners will receive $10,000 in funding, training, and equipment to create their own short films. The Huffington Post will highlight one video from the Global Girls Conversation each week, sharing the power and diversity of girls’ solutions with a global audience.
Keep the spirit of IDG2013 and the Girls Speak Out alive! Together, we are changing the world!This entry was posted in 11 Months of Action, News and tagged girls activism, Girls Speak Out, IDG2013, Let Girls Lead on .
There are far too few opportunities in today’s world for girls’ voices and stories to be heard. In response to fact that girls today are often undervalued and neglected, the International Day of the Girl serves to highlight and celebrate the power of girls across the globe, and to create new ways of viewing the world and making a difference.
My experience at the Girls Speak Out proved to me how truly powerful girls are. I heard from 16-year-old Claudia about girls issues in Mozambique, Diana about undocumented youth in the USA, Malika and her distribution of bikes to get girls to school in Burkina Faso, Nessrine & Sihem about girls’ education and human rights in Algeria, Sophie about starting a swimming program for girls in Dominican Republic, and Yeimy on girls’ education and political participation in Guatemala.
The diversity that the panel of girls embodied, along with the diversity of the crowd, made the fact that they all came together for a common purpose all the more powerful.
With such diversity, the energy in the room throughout the event made it apparent that, although the International Day of the Girl is only one day, the ideas discussed and energy shared was not going to disappear when the day was done.
Members of the UN provided insight and feedback on the girls’ projects. Their presence and support aided in the acceptance and legitimacy of the girls’ work – an official stamp of approval that girls, unfortunately, do not always receive.
Yet, the creation of a space for girls’ voices to be heard remains a powerful reminder of how vital it is to listen to these voices and follow their lead! The Girls Speak Out celebrated the power that girls around the world possess to create change in our local communities.
By: Ashley Van Riper, The College of New Jersey, WILL ProgramThis entry was posted in 11 Days of Action, News, Sponsor and tagged Girls Speak Out, IDG2013, TCNJ, WILL, Women in Learning and Leadership on .
“Girls on the Run taught me that I can do anything!” – 4th grade participant.
Girls on the Run is proud to partner with Day of the Girl Summit to empower and encourage girls to boldly pursue their dreams.
Through a fun, interactive curriculum GOTR inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Running is incorporated into our 12 week program and gives our girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.
We encourage everyone to share in our vision of a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Together we can teach girls that they are strong, confident and that they can accomplish anything!
Ready to take action towards pursuing your dreams?
Join the conversation by telling us how YOU are activating your limitless potential.
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On October 11, 2013, I had the greatest privilege to attend the United Nation’s 2nd Annual International Day of the Girl with a few of my fellow Women in Learning and Leadership members from The College of New Jersey.
It was surreal to me that I got to enter the United Nation’s Headquarters and to actually sit in the ECOSOC Chamber. I felt as if I was really working at the United Nations. In fact, I aspire to do so in the future. Moreso, my birthday was two days after the IDG Summit and being present at that event was the greatest birthday gift – and something I will never forget.
I enjoyed the way that so many girls gathered in the ECOSOC chamber to celebrate girl’s empowerment, making it a special opportunity to bond and express girls’ ideas on and confidence in girls’ activism. The girl activists who spoke bravely about their activism truly touched me and made me realize how special and powerful their work is in our communities. When I was that young, I never thought about making changes in this way.
By: Mi-Yeon Park, The College of New Jersey, WILL ProgramThis entry was posted in 11 Days of Action, News, Sponsor and tagged Girls Speak Out, IDG2013, TCNJ, Women in Learning and Leadership on .
As an executive board member of TCNJ’s curricular and co-curricular Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) Program, the Girls Speak Out Session at United Nations on the second annual International Day of the Girl was eye-opening.
It was amazing to hear girls from all over the world, as young as 13 and no older than 17, talk about how they are changing their communities. There were girls working on issues such as improving girls’ education, eliminating early marriages, advocating for undocumented youth, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and so much more.
Girls ran the Girls Speak Out, introducing the speakers and the girl activists, ensuring that the day focused on girls. And in addition to the girl advocates and activists, there were members from the United Nations taking part too – responding to the girls, saying how they could use their positions to help the girls further their projects and help them reach beyond change in their local communities.
As a WILL student, someone who is actively trying to better the world (or, at the moment, the TCNJ campus) for girls and women, this experience made me hopeful that our work does have an impact. The girls’ work is encouraging, and it renewed my passion for my work with WILL, as I am now more excited than ever for all of our upcoming events this year.
The Girls Speak Out was a wonderful experience, and I was humbled to be in the same room with such powerful, driven, poised girls.
By: Erin Shannon, The College of New Jersey, WILL ProgramThis entry was posted in 11 Days of Action, Girls Speak Out, News, Sponsor and tagged Girls Speak Out, IDG2013, The College of New Jersey, WILL, Women in Learning and Leadership on .