The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a large and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future. But there is gap in our understanding about girls’ lives and what girls need to succeed in their communities. That’s why UNICEF is calling on the global community to collect, identify, and track progress for girls. They are building a movement for #GirlData!
Here is how you can help!
On 8 June 2016, Aber Beatrice, 5, photographed in the restaurant that her mother owns in Magri, South Sudan. Can you write your name? Aber asked, and hers, and hers, making sure all the names were written down. Then she gave her mothers telephone number, which she wanted to show she could recall from memory. I can write my own name, and my mothers and then proceeded to put them in the note book. Born in South Sudan just before independence, her family had returned from exile in Uganda where her father had met her mother. Ida spoke with the type of confidence we had discovered in Aber, and an even brighter smile when she spoke of Idas future. From the income of the small family restaurant Ida sends Aber to school, and hopes she will even go to university overseas once she has finished high school. I want to be a doctor Aber says, and then adds to help the people here in Magri. We have a doctor in Magri. His name is David. He is a very nice man.
UNICEF engaged over 2,000,000 young U-Reporters across 30 countries to end violence against girls. Nearly 1,500,000 reported that violence against girls is a problem in their community and 100,000 U-Reporters are acting in their community to stop this violence. Join UNICEF and IDG_Summit in celebrating #IDG2016 and demand #GirlData to show progress for girls in achieving #goal5
It’s Day 1 of 11 Days of Action! Thank you, Working Group on Girls for hosting this very special kick-off day of this historical 11 Days leading up to the 5th Annual International Day of the Girl!
The Working Group on Girls will tell the story of IDG and highlight some of the many reasons why we need a day for girls! Our Girl Advocates and Girl Activists will share their memories and pictures of some of the favorite moments over the past 5 years.
So don’t miss our Twitter Chat today, October 1, 2016, from 10AM – 2PM ET! Get ready to share your memories, too! And ask questions about how you can get involved with this empowering, influential and important movement in support of Girls’ Global Rights!
In honor of the 4th annual International Day of the Girl, we are proud to share the various ways The Grail and other girls’ organizations throughout the world have celebrated this year’s International Day of the Girl.
Join us as we acknowledge what The Grail is doing for the advancement of girls rights WORLDWIDE!
Established in 1921, The Grail is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) committed to building a world of justice and peace through education and action and to standing in solidarity with those who struggle to overcome poverty.
In celebration for this year’s Day of the Girl, The Grail has planned its very own IDG celebrations in a variety of countries including Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique, Ecuador, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
From October 1-11th, The Grail will work alongside girl advocates and other girls’ rights organizations in the above countries to advance opportunities for girls, and increase awareness of inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.
Currently, The Grail has launched an Open Day in public areas throughout Papua New Guinea to display issues affecting local girls; organized small workshop for girls with motivational talks on guidelines to access opportunities in South Africa; shared food and girl empowering exercises in Ecuador; and organized a school rally to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls suffer from in Mozambique.
On behalf of the Working Group on Girls and everyone on the IDG Summit Team, we would like to extend our greatest appreciation to The Grail and other girls’ rights organizations that continuously work towards the global advancement of the International Day of the Girl agenda. Girls worldwide are one step closer to fairness and equality and we have the members of these organizations to thank.
It was 3pm on an unsuspecting Friday afternoon when the girls invaded. They shoved their way past the guards, crawled through the entry, through the vent system, and landed smack dab in the middle of the Trusteeship Chamber of the United Nations. This was no childish stunt, however. These girls had a mission: to expand policy and get girls on the agenda. Girls from all over answered the call. Some showed up in person; others sent their voices.
This takeover was a celebration of the fourth annual International Day of the Girl. It was decided in 2011 by the General Assembly that October 11th would be a day of the girls, for the girls, and by the girls; a day to recognize girls’ rights along with the unique challenges that they face around the world.
Voices from girls worldwide were represented at “the takeover.” Akila from Egypt told us about her mother, who married her father when she was 14 and got pregnant at 16. Valentina from Colombia told her story of the domestic violence she witnessed in her own home. Gillian from the United States opened up about her experience as a pregnant teen, who was kicked out of the house. Aria from Brazil told about her experience with sexual harassment during the World Cup. Camilla of Nicaragua told us how she only got an education up until 5th grade while her brothers continued their education long after that. Maya shed some light on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation, which she had to undergo at the age of 5.
There were some pretty important people who got on board with this mission as well. H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly, showed his support virtually over the big screen. Ambassador Guillermo E. Rishchynski of Canada, a key influence in putting IDG on the calendar, passionately preached about the importance of educating a girl. Marta Santos Pais, SRSG on Violence Against Children, noted how child marriage was “anachronistic” and should not be an issue of today. Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra Velasquez said he was awed by the courage of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and he encouraged us all to follow her footsteps and speak out for this cause.
The event was a huge success. It reaffirmed the role that girls play in global politics. It captured the unique stories of girls from all around the world. It empowered attendees to join the movement and take action.
Written by: Rachel Blau, Girls Learn International
We bring together thousands of girls, girl-serving organizations and adults to who are not waiting for the world to change; they are changing the world now. And we need you.
If you were unable to attend the 2nd Annual Girls Speak Out at the United Nations on October 10, 2014, we invite you to watch it! Please understand that the poetry, songs and stories that were performed at this year’s Girls Speak Out include depictions of girls’ experiences with difficult topics, including bullying, bulimia, rape, abuse and violence against girls. These stories represent many of the realities faced by girls around the world; it is with these stories that we elevate our voices and stand together for global girls’ rights. It’s a powerful message that may be best suited for girls over 13. Thank you!
We hope the 2nd Annual Girls Speak Out inspires you to join us and take action!
Special thanks to our sponsors, Janssen, for supporting this incredible opportunity for girls to be together and heard by World Leaders, UN Ambassadors, UN Representatives.
Thanks, too, to the Working Group on Girls who worked directly with the Missions of Canada, Peru, and Turkey to present the Girls Speak Out.
When girls raise their voices and tell their stories, they can change the world.
Don’t forget to sign up to receive the latest news and updates on The Day of the Girl Summit’s powerful initiatives! Follow these hashtags, too! #IDG2014 #11MonthsofAction, #11DaysofAction #GirlsSpkOut and #Webcast
Today is Day 9 of 11 Days of Action! Get ready to dream big today with Pink Lemonade Stand! Come up with an idea, a cause, a dream or a motto and share it with the world, using #Girlpreneur #IDG2014 #11DaysofAction
Pink Lemonade Stand teaches girls ages 8 through 17 how to:
• to build a legacy
• launch ideas from the heart
• make passion their master
• and allow possibility to feed their soul
Our challenge and action for you today is to use #Girlpreneur to inspire the world with your idea, business, dream or motto! Be sure to use #Girlpreneur #11DaysofAction and #IDG2014 to keep the conversation going.
Get ready to inspire the world, girls!
Send messages to @Pink_LemonGirl to show off your concepts and ideas.
Inspire: Share your avatar on social media using #IDG2014 along with your vision for a better world for girls.
Make the World a Better Place: Made With Code is about so much more than just fun and games. The coding skills you learn today can be the beginning of YOUR journey to doing something big to make a difference in the world or solve a problem you care deeply about.
Code can help you make:
Secure databases to record human rights abuses.
Online petition software that can instantly collect signatures about urgent causes.
Location devices to keep relief workers and separated families connected during disasters.
Microfinance websites that help fight poverty by providing loans to low-income people in developing countries.
You see? Coding for a better world all begins with YOU! Start the fun now. And don’t forget to share your vision for a better world for girls on social media using #IDG2014.