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Day 10: I am a Girl and I Deserve

Girls Speak Out 2013

Welcome to the 10th of 11 Days of Action, hosted by the Working Group on Girls!
Today, you are invited to raise your voices and
BE HEARD

Add your voice to girls’ voices around the world who are saying:

“#IamaGirl and I deserve….” #GirlsSpkOut

Hands UpToday, in solidarity with the 600+ girls at the
IDG Summit Girls Speak Out, let’s help amplify the voices of girls around the world. Let’s bring attention to their unique needs and concerns.

Let’s raise our voices and ask local and global communities, as well as national and international policy makers, to speak out for girls’ rights.

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We, the Working Group on Girls, are hosting Girls Speak Out at the United Nations today. The world will be listening. So join us! Let’s make our voices heard in a powerful way.

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Complete the following statement and share via all of your favorite social media:
“#IamaGirl and I deserve…” #GirlsSpkOut

 

 

 

Together, we are changing the world.

Day 9: Girlpreneur Day

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

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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.

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Get ready to inspire the world, girls!
Send messages to @Pink_LemonGirl to show off your concepts and ideas.

Day 8: Code. Inspire. Make the World a Better Place.

It’s Day 8 of 11 Days of Action! So get ready to take action with Girl Scouts.

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We live in a digital age in which many of the problems our society faces can be addressed and even fixed with code. And you can be part of the solutions!

You don’t need to be a trained programmer or mathematician to make things with code.

In fact, there are tons of fun and creative activities you can try right now to take your first coding step:

Code: Visit Made With Code, make your own avatar, name it, and share it!

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.

 

Girls Scouts USA

Day 7: It Really Is a Girl Thing

#itsaGirlThing

fearlessThe 7th Day of the 11 Days of Action in support of the International Day of the Girl comes to us from Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign. Plan has put together a great video focusing on girlhood – the joy and the challenges. It has been made with global Youtube trenders who want to spread the word far and wide, gaining support for girl’s issues around the world in the run-up to October 11th.

Watch it.

Now share it. Be sure to use #itsaGirlThing

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Take a picture of yourself and post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any of your favorite social media channels, with #itsaGirlThing, like this:

Website link: http://plan-international.org/itsaGirlThing

Follow us on:

Facebook: facebook.com/planinternational facebook.com/plangirls
Twitter: @planglobal

Day 6: Find a Leader! Be a Leader!

Why do we need to elect more women?

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  • It’s fair! Women are 51% the U.S. population, but less than 25% of all elected officials.
  • It’s smart! When we choose leaders, we should pick from the widest pool of possibilities so we make sure to get the best people.
  • Women change things up! They bring different backgrounds, different ideas about policies, and different approaches to how to make government work.

If it’s such a great idea, why are there so few elected women leaders?
Lots of reasons – but the biggest one is: Not enough women run for office!

Why don’t women run?
Again, lots of reasons – but here’s a big one: Nobody asked!

I'mGoingtoBePresident_cropped2One girl who learned about how few women ran for office decided to take action. She wrote a letter to one of her teachers and asked her to run, telling her why she’d be great. Guess what? The teacher thought about it, realized it made sense, ran for her local council – and won!

So here are TWO actions to take for Day 6 of 11 Days of Action!  

  1. Think about the future you. If you could make a big difference by running for office, what would you like to do? What in your neighborhood, your country or the world would you change? What problem could you help to solve? Make a sign to tell us what you’ll run for and what you hope to do:“If I were President, I would___________” or “When I’m the Mayor, I will ______” or “In the Senate, I’ll make sure _____________.” Share it online with the hashtag #girlslead!
  2. Do you know a woman who’s ready to be a great leader today? Invite her to run! You can write a letter, make a sign, record a video – just reach out to her. Tell her why she should run, why you think she’d do a great job. And make sure to tell her how you’ll help – maybe hold a car wash to raise campaign funds or hand out campaign literature. Ask others to chime in too, so she’ll know that lots of people want her to run. Then tell us about who you asked and why. Maybe you’ll inspire others to ask women they know. This could be the start of something big!Learn more about Teach a Girl to Lead™ by visiting teachagirltolead.org!
    Follow 11 Days of Action: Day 6us on:
    Facebook
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    and Instagram

You can also learn more about women and politics at the Center for American Women and Politics

Day 5: Take the TAKE3 HPV Pledge

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CALLING ALL TEENS!

PARENTS OF TEENS!

TAKE THE TAKE3 Pledge NOW!

HPV vaccination = cancer prevention.
Plain and simple.

So for Day 5 of the 11 Days of Action, we are calling all teens and all parents of teens to take theTAKE3 Pledge! It’s easy! Just follow these steps:

1. Sign the TAKE3 Pledge

2. Post a picture of yourself holding a sign that says #TAKE3, to show you took the TAKE3 Pledge

3. Post your picture on your fave social media using the TAKE3 hashtags: #Itookthepledge #TAKE3  #everykid  #IDG2014

4. Invite your friends to also takeTAKE3 Pledge

5. THEN GET VACCINATED!

11 Days of Action: Day 5Thank you,  Women and Girls Foundation. for this incredibly important
Day 5 of the 11 Days of Action!

Day 3: End the Cycle of Violence with Girls Coalition of Southwestern PA

imgres-1Girls around the world have the right to health, safety, and wellness.

At the Girls Coalition, we think it is crucial to align health and wellness efforts with ending the cycle of violence against women and girls. Don’t you agree?

Then take action with us today. Choose a fact or statement below or make up one of your own, to help spread the word, using #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks
Together, we can change the world!

LET’S EDUCATE OURSELVES: Here’s How
We can educate ourselves and our communities right now. Check out these issues, listed below, and share a fact with your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or real life communities! Bring these topics up with your friends, family members, and colleagues. Send an email. Share a cup of coffee and chat with a friend. Whatever you do, take action!

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•1 in 3 US girls experiences violence from an intimate partner. Girls deserve to feel safe & respected #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks
• Young women between 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. Men and boys need to learn to respect women and girls #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks

SEXUAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING: The Facts:
• There are 19.7 million new STIs every year in the U.S. Let’s teach teens how to be safe #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks
• In 2008, there were an estimated 110 million prevalent STIs among women and men in the U.S.. Of these, more than 20% (22.1 million) were among women and men aged 15 to 24 years. Teens need the facts so they can make better choices #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks
• About half of all new STDs/STIs in 2000 occurred among youth ages 15 to 24. Start a conversation with a teen today about how to stay healthy #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks
• While the rates of teen pregnancy have declined significantly over the past 20 years, U.S. teen birth rate is higher than that of many other developed countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom. Let’s chat about how to protect from unwanted pregnancy #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks

HPV VACCINATION: The Facts
• The HPV vaccine protects against the four most common high-risk types of HPV. One type which causes 70% of cervical pre-cancer and cancer cases. We can protect ourselves from HPV #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks
• Young women and young men alike can protect themselves from HPV and from contracting a multitude of types of cancers by simply receiving the HPV vaccine. Learn about how HPV can be prevented #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks
• Approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. About 14 million people become newly infected each year. Let’s talk about protecting our teens from a cancer-causing virus #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks
• About 10,300 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer each year. Let’s act to help prevent cervical cancer in our teens #11DaysofAction #GirlsSWPARocks

Resources:
• American Sexual Health Association
• Planned Parenthood
• Persad Center
• Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC – Adolescent Medicine
• Adagio Health
• Jewish Healthcare Foundation
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• American Cancer Society
• National Cancer Institute
• Center for Victims – Expect Respect and Coaching Boys Into Men
• Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
• Love is Respect
• Break the Cycle

Sources:
http://www.wcspittsburgh.org/page.aspx?pid=389
http://www.jhf.org/admin/uploads/hpv-factsheet.pdf
http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/statistics/ and US Department of Health and Human Services

 

Day 2: Girls of the Future

What makes you powerful?
What do you think girls will be in the future?

Girls at Bella Abzug Leadership Institute and the Alice Paul Institute have inspirational messages for girls around the world! Let them inspire you to take action and add your voices to theirs!

Today’s Day of Action is all about these two important questions! Just use #whatmakesmepowerful  and #girlsofthefuture and finish these sentences:

#Girlsofthefuture will be___________.
_________ is what #makesmepowerful.

Let’s fill Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with images, videos and messages about what makes us powerful! The world is listening! Let’s raise our voices!

Day 1: Ready, Set, Girls Engage

First Day of Action: Girls everywhere: READY, SET, ENGAGE!

At the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, we want to help girls participate in all of the building blocks that make up the world around them. Whether it’s in your school, the state government, an international organization, or International Day of the Girl, we want you to be involved, active, and heard.

Girls in BlueHelp us kick off the 11 Days of Action 2014 by telling us what you’re capable of doing. Complete one of the following sentences on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

“I’m a girl and I can…”   OR   “I’m a girl and I will…”

Just make sure to use the hashtag #GirlsEngage or mention @CAG_org so we can find your message.

Maybe you can be president. Maybe you can win the science fair. Or maybe you can use your voice to let the world know that girls are powerful, smart, and capable of sparking meaningful, long-lasting change. What can YOU do?

Get involved, get loud, and celebrate the unique power of girls!
This could be the start of something BIG! 

Education is Power

Inside Youth Assembly

“The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women.”

 –Malala Yousafzai

 

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Girls have the power to create change. By making changes in their own lives, they can influence the lives of their families, their friends, their communities, their countries and their world.

This past summer, I saw firsthand the power that education gives to girls.

On average, teenage girls use 17 personal care products per day; this is five more than the average U.S. adult woman. Furthermore, 16 chemicals with potentially harmful health effects were found in blood and urine samples of 20 teenage girls, aged 14-19.

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This information comes from a 2008 study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, and it is eye opening to say the least.

In an effort to educate girls on the potentially harmful effects that can result from the use of some personal care products, Women for a Healthy Environment started the Teens on the Eco Scene program.
Through this program, I have had (and still have!) the awesome opportunity to work with girls in the Pittsburgh community. Not only do I educate girls on how to make safer consumer choices, but I also educate them on the importance of healthy food habits.

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This past summer, I was fortunate enough to spend five weeks at the Hosanna House, working with 25 girls from Gwen’s Girls.
I went into the Hosanna House prepared with my facts and curriculum, but for much as I educated the girls on safe personal care products and healthy food, they taught me just as much in return. Most of the material that I shared with the girls was new to them, but their ideas, thoughts, and opinions were new to me. Throughout their lives they had been given products and food by their families and friends and had assumed that it was healthy and good for them. Once educated on potential health risks and provided with safer alternatives (some that they could even make themselves), there was a real willingness to not only change their own lives, but to share the information with people they care about.

Before meeting Gwen’s Girls, I really did not know if my message would be accepted. Do girls care about these issues?  In a group setting, will they be too intimidated to openly participate in discussions? Will they think choosing the safer alternatives are not “cool” and stick with the cultural norms of their communities?

When four out of seven girls rejected the notion of eating any vegetable, I felt dispirited at the prospect of the group liking the fresh salsa that we were making that day. An hour later, after everyone had completed their part in making the salsa, the girls could not believe how delicious it tasted. Even the girls that had initially rejected vegetables announced that they loved it and could not believe they were eating tomatoes, onions, garlic and peppers. When I overheard three girls talking about how they could not wait to go home and make the salsa for their families, I knew that they had been empowered by education. It only took one hour for them to not only find something healthy that they liked, but also something healthy that they could make themselves. The summer continued this way. Every week and almost every topic created an awareness in the girls, followed by an enthusiasm to change.

Education gave the girls in the Gwen’s Girls summer program the power to create a healthier world. The Day of the Girl celebrates the power all girls possess.  Education gives girls the tools that they need to harness this power and create a just world where girls are appreciated and valued.

-by Chelsea Holmes
Intern, Women for a Healthy Environment