June 16, 2014 •

2nd Annual Girls Speak Out: Call for Submissions

Speak OutATTENTION: Girls of the World – we need YOU to celebrate the International Day of the Girl!

Tell us your story for this year’s 2nd Annual IDG Girls Speak Out at the United Nations in New York City! Reflect on a specific moment in your life when you thought to yourself, “THIS is what it means to be a girl!” It could be a brave act, a moment of connection, a time when you overcame an obstacle, a life turning point, a best friend adventure, or a silly celebration.

Then send it to us! We are looking for original stories, poems, artwork, videos, photos, songs, or declarations about what it means to be a girl where you live!

We need YOU to celebrate the International Day of the Girl (IDG 2014) 2nd Annual Girls Speak Out at the United Nations.

 Hands UpWe will select a diverse collection of bold, sensitive, funny, powerful, everyday stories of girls’ lives to be performed LIVE by girls during at the United Nations in New York City on Friday, October 10th.

And get this! We will also feature a select collection of stories on the IDG Summit site for the entire month of October in celebration of IDG 2014!

IDG 2014 is our day to celebrate girls everywhere – to celebrate our power, our voices and our unique place in today’s world. Help us showcase the creative and collective voice of girls. The leaders of today need to hear from you. Submit your story and help us make this year’s Girls Speak Out herstorical!

SPARK at IDG 2013To submit your work, you must:

  1. Be a girl (or group of girls) 18 years of age or younger.
  2. Answer the question: what does it mean to be a girl where you live?
  3. Tell us your story. Send your original work to: with your name, age, country and contact information by Friday, August 1st

Length requirements for submissions:

  • Short stories (maximum 500 words) and poems (maximum 250 words)
  • Art or Photos: send a picture with a short 50 – 100 word description
  • Video or music (maximum length of 3 minutes)



  • Rebecca Gaynier says:

    What’s your “I am proud to be a girl because” story? We all have one. We need yours! Send it to us! We want to see YOU presenting in front of the United Nations on October 10th! Together, we can change the world!