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Get Your Own Day of the Girl T-Shirt

You can get your own, official International Day of the Girl t-shirt right here!

Step 1 Fill out the t-shirt order form

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International Day of the Girl Movement

We hope you enjoyed an unforgettable International Day of the Girl! It’s not just a day; it’s a movement. Join the IDG Movement today!

If you missed the 2016 Girls Speak Out, you can watch it here! It was amazing and remarkable. Many tell us that they have been changed by this incredible day. Thank you, Working Group on Girls for your hard work, dedication and vision!  #IDG2016 #GirlsSpkOut

The IDG Summit is a movement in support of girls and together, we are changing the world. Join us and add your voice, today!

Day 11 – Happy International Day of the Girl IDG2016

Happy International Day of the Girl! #IDG2016
Don’t Miss the Girls Speak Out #GirlsSpkOut right here LIVE – 3-5pm

Join Us Virtually from Anywhere! With our Global Day of Action #GlobalDayofAction
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9-10am -#GirlsTakeover UN Women @UN_Women
10-11am – #BuildOn Build On @buildOn
11am-12pm – #TeamGirl @wagggs_world
12:30-2pm – Girl Scouts of the USA @girlscouts
2-3pm – #5YearsofIDG Girls Coalition @GirlsSWPA
3-5pm – #GirlsSpkOut Working Group on Girls @NGOWGG

Global Day of Action imagesPartners:
UN Women @UN_Women
Plan International @PlanGlobal
PROGRESS @PROGRESSCMU
Girl Scouts @girlscouts
Girls Coalition @GirlsSWPA
Build On @buildOn
Working Group on Girls @NGOWGG
Girls Coalition @GirlsSWPA
Loretto Community @LorettoattheUNimgres-1
Dominican Leadership Academy @dlcngoun
Salvation Army @SalvationArmyUS
School Sisters of Notre Dame @School_sisters
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd @GSIJP @winifreddoherty
Anglican Council of Churches @ACOffice
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts @waggs_world

Day 6 – Solidarity With Girls

Girls Learn International

Day 6: Girls Learn International #SolidarityWithGirls
Tell us how you show #SolidarityWithGirls by Tweeting @girlslearnintl and posting pictures of you and your friends doing the #SolidarityWithGirls photo activity on social media! Invite friends in your network to join in to raise awareness for girls’ rights. #IDG2016 #11DaysofAction

Join our Twitter Chat 4-5pm ET @GirlsLearnIntl @IDG_Summitsoemi-photavath_solidaritywithgirls_photo-activity-1

“I Show #SolidarityWithGirls By…” Photo & Social Media Activity:
Step 1: Download and print the “I show #SolidarityWithGirls by…” poster by going to bit.ly/SolidarityWithGirls or write this phrase on a small chalkboard or dry erase board.

Step 2: Have students around your school fill in their amarisa-sinclair_gli_solidaritywithgirls_photo-activitynswer to the question and take their picture holding their response. Make sure you get their consent to post the photo on social media.

Step 3: From your GLI Chapter or personal Twitter account, upload your #SolidarityWithGirls image and Tweet your photo @girlslearnintl and @IDG_Summit on October 6th.

Step 4: During the Twitter Chat, respond to the questions centered on how you show solidarity, support, and friendship with girls!

Step 5: Post your photos to your Instagram or additional social media accounts for #IDG2016 on October 11th, and don’t forget to tag @girlslearnintl so we can repost them!

Day 2 – Global Girl Data Movement

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 mother’s telephone number, which she wanted to show she could recall from memory. “I can write my own name, and my mother’s” 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 Ida’s 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.”

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 mother’s telephone number, which she wanted to show she could recall from memory. “I can write my own name, and my mother’s” 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 Ida’s 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

-> Join the global girl data movement.

-> Go to Facebook.com/UReportGlobal 

-> Support our Call for Action #GirlData

-> Add your voice to ours! #11DaysofAction #IDG2016

Girls Speak Out 2016!

You are invited to join hundreds of girls from around the world to help make the Fifth Annual International Day of the Girl the most amazing day ever! Here’s how:
 RSVP now for the 4th Annual Girls Speak Out event at the United Nations in New York City!
• Can’t join us? Join us LIVE online — right here — and be part our discussion on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook!
• Download the official #IDG2016 Avatar and spread the word!avatar-IDG2016
• Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming #11DaysofAction, beginning October 1!

We need YOUR VOICE to bring girls’ voices to their greatest levels ever! After all, we are #IDG2016!

Together, we are changing the world! #GirlsForGirls

IDG 2016 Girls Speak Out: Call for Submissions!

avatar-5YearsThis year marks the fifth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl (IDG 2016)!

For this historic anniversary, we want to add your voice to help make this year’s celebration the greatest ever.  Let’s inspire everyone with our stories of girl power — in art, pictures, poetry, songs, video — to showcase the unique role girls play in our world. We need your voice! Here’s how:

If you’re between 13-18 years old, send us your inspirational story! You can use creative writing, video performance, photography, artwork, or song to share your voice and your ideas. Your submission could be chosen to be part of the Girls Speak Out 2016 at the United Nations in New York City! And everyone who submits her work will be featured on the DayoftheGirlSummit.org website, in our IDG2016 Webcast or Shoutout Page!

Girls Speak Out in ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations!

Girls Speak Out at the United Nations!

Tell us about one of the following:

  • What does girl power mean to you?
  • How are girls inspirational?
  • Tell us about girls where you live who are doing things to help each other.
  • Have girls in your town or community overcome a challenge or triumph?
  • What will you do to celebrate the International Day of the Girl where you live?

Send us your responses with a completed IDG Summit Consent Form no later than Monday, September 12th 11:59PM US EST!

Please make sure your submission is in one of these formats:

Poetry or monologues (maximum 250 words)

Video (maximum length of 2 minutes)

Photographs (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)

Art or graphic design (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)

Email your submission and Consent Form to: IDGsubmissions@gmail.com with your name, age, country, and contact information!

Get Your OWN IDG 2015 T-Shirt!

IDG Girls 2015International Day of the Girl 2015 was amazing! Celebrate all year round with your very own #IDG2015 t-shirt, which was worn by our Girl Performers as part of the #GirlsTakeOver at the United Nations!

Click here to purchase your own IDG 2015 t-shirt for $25.00 (includes shipping & handling within the USA only). Orders due by November 6th and shirts will ship the week of November 13th. IDG Shirt Back 2015

IDG 2015 shirts are available in sizes adult S – XL; every shirt is black with neon blue logo design.

Get your shirt TODAY!

Day of the Girl Webcast 2015

On behalf of girls around the world, Happy #IDG2015!
Raise your voice with ours today and every day. We are the International Day of the Girl! Get ready to be inspired by the 2015 International Day of the Girl Webcast:

Thank you to all of our sponsors, partners and all who seek to empower every girl. A special thank you to the Working Group on Girls, Day of the Girl Pittsburgh and all of the amazing contributors to this amazing Webcast. We hope you enjoy a Happy #IDG2015

Together, we are changing the world.

Happy #IDG2015

#GirlsTakeOver for the 4th International Day of the Girl

12107823_10100755539629569_6521262437374119424_nIt 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.

12079271_10100755259036879_1870502029304861052_nThere 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