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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

Girls Speak Out is FULL!

On behalf of the Working Group on Girls and everyone on the IDG Summit Team, we want to thank you all for your enthusiastic response to this year’s Girls Speak Out Registration announcement! We have a FULL HOUSE registered for this year’s Girls Takeover and cannot wait to see so many of you on October 9th! And there’s MORE:

REMEMBER: You can watch the Girls Speak Out LIVE, right here, on October 9th from 3-6pm! So be sure to #JoinUs!

YOU CAN TAKE ACTION WITH US: October 1 kicks off #11DaysofAction! Each day there will be a new set of actions for ALL OF US to take. So please be sure to check in every day and add YOUR VOICE to OURS! Together we can change the world! #SeeUs #HearUs #JoinUs

Throwback to IDG 2014! Check out some highlights from the 2014 Girls Speak Out:

 

The 2015 Girls Speak Out is FULL

The IDG Summit Team is delighted to announce that registration for the 2015 Girls Speak Out at the United Nations is officially FULL!

The 3rd Annual Girl Speak Out is full, but don’t worry, you can still catch every minute, right here, LIVE on October 11th from 3-6pm.

If you did register, remember,  each person planning to attend must have been registered: that means each person needs to provide their first and last name and age, in accordance with United Nations Security. And also, every attendee will be required to show photo identification on the day of the event. So be sure to register each member of your group — whether it be a group of 2 or 20!

This year, it’s a Girls Takeover! #SeeUs #HearUs #JoinUs
Thank you, Working Group on Girls, for bringing us this amazing, powerful and very important event. Together, we can change the world.

 

Don’t forget, the Girls Speak Out will be streamed LIVE right here on October 9th! So even if you cannot be with us at the United Nations, you can still #JoinUs!

Help Girls Takeover the United Nations!

Imagine: The year is 2065 and girls hold all leadership positions at the United Nations. More than half of the governmental positions in countries around the world are held by girls. Girls’ rights are honored, respected and the global economy is booming. Why? How did this happen? What was the event that changed everything?

How did you, your parents, teachers, friends, and siblings help make this happen? What did community leaders, government officials, the UN and YOU do RIGHT NOW, in 2015 to improve our world for girls?

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You can help us make IDG 2015 the greatest celebration of girls, girl power, and the unique roles girls play in our world.

We invite all girls ages 18 or younger to send creative writing or artwork to help shape the 2015 Girls Speak Out!

 

Here’s How:

1. STEP ONE: SelecAnita at SPK Outt an issue that really matters to you and that impacts girls in your community. Then imagine that in the year 2065 this issue has been resolved. How did this happen? Use the template below to tell us in detail what you or members of your community did (or could do) to solve this issue!

  • Share: Tell a specific story about this issue and how it has impacted the life of a girl (or girls) in your community. What is the issue that girls face today that needs to be stopped?
  • Start: What can your friends/community/family/government START doing to support, celebrate and prioritize girls to end this problem?
  • Continue: What are good things that girls like you are doing to help each other? What are some actions that your friends/community/family/government are already taking to support girls that you think should continue?
  • Why: Tell us why you selected this issue and why you believe your solutions will work.

2. STEP TWO: Send us your responses with a completed IDG Consent Form 2015 by Friday, July 31st! Please make sure your submission fits one of the following formats: speeches, monologues, poems (maximum 250 words), video (maximum length of 2 minutes), pictures (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!

And get this, EVERYONE who participates will get a special shout out , right here, at www.DayoftheGirlSummit.orgTogether, we can change the world! #IDG2015

Watch Chandni on Indian-American Girl Culture, Stereotype and Stigma

Watch Chandni’s speech, as she delivered it at the United Nations on the International Day of the Girl Girls Speak Out on October 10, 2014. Do you relate to her point of view? Why? Why not? Tell us in the comments section below.

Help Shape the Gender Equality Roadmap

TTogether, We Can Change the Worldwenty years ago this September, the United Nations convened its fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.

They produced what is called The Beijing Platform for Action and identified twelve strategic areas for the empowerment of women and girls.

SInce 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action has served as the gender equality roadmap for governments and communities around the world – but a lot can happen in twenty-years!

Our friends at the Working Group on Girls designed the girls’ survey to gather feedback on what the world looks like for girls 20 years after the Beijing Conference. Girls, ages 13-18, can take the survey in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Arabic. It takes about 5 minutes to complete, but will help shape the global movement for girls’ rights.

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IDG Summit is a dynamic virtual platform that brings thousands of girls and girl-serving organizations together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.

 

 

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