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Watch Las Marthas for Free

images1. RSVP Today to Attend the FREE Screening of Las Marthas. Simply click here to find a screening near you. If you are in the Pittsburgh area on February 26, you can attend the screening at The Ellis School. Just click here to RSVP!

2. Follow @GirlsSWPA and @IDG2014 on Twitter and Retweet and keep the discussion going about how to take action to support Girls’ Rights. Use these hashtags: #IDG2014 #FebruaryAction #11MonthsofAction

images-13. Join Us. Sign up and get updates from the Girls Coalition and send an email to info@dayofthegirlsummit.org to become a Day of the Girl Summit Partner. We need you.

Every time you take action through February 28, you’ll be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a pair of UGG Shoes. So join us!

Thank you for taking action this February! Let’s show the world how to support Girls Rights! And remember, every action you take enters you into a drawing for a pair of UGG Shoes.


About the The Girls Coalition
The Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania brings together 50+ girl-serving regional and national organizations from the region. Together they do an amazing amount of impactful work that is already changing the world.

Join the Girls Coalition and work alongside these fantastic organizations:

Yes, together, we are changing the world. Thank you for Taking Action with us this February!

End Human Trafficking this January

This January, the IDG Summit joins the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking to raise awareness about trafficking at the Super Bowl.  Join us and take action TODAY!

HTC_image1What is human trafficking? And how does it impact girls?

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. It is a rapidly growing criminal industry that ’employs’ thousands of girls and boys around the globe in dangerous and damaging work. During large sporting events, like the Super Bowl, there is often an increase in the numbers of girls trafficked for prostitution.

It is time to STOP the trafficking of girls. Let’s start with the Super Bowl.

htchallenge7Here’s how:

1. Join the #HTChallenge: a social media campaign that will take place leading up to and on the day of the Super Bowl to spread the message of abolishing modern day slavery. Share #HTChallenge images and information about why you want to end human trafficking TODAY.

2. Post, Post, Post! Starting NOW until the Super Bowl, post the images and tweets from the NJ Coalition. The goal is to increase the number of posts as the Super Bowl gets closer and closer.

Here are some sample tweets and posts to share:

  • The FBI estimates 100,000 children are at risk in #NJ because of the #SuperBowl. Do your part: Take the #HTChallenge! #IDG2014
  • Trafficking is about exploitation! #EndTrafficking and join the #HTChallenge to end #violencevsgirls! #IDG2014
  • “How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank #HTChallenge #IDG2014
  • “It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity.” – President Barack Obama #HTChallenge #EndTrafficking #IDG2014
  • Girls have the right to safety and security. #EndTrafficking TODAY #HTChallenge #IDG2014

Remember to use the hashtags #HTChallenge or #HalftimeChallenge with all of your posts.

3. Talk! On Super Bowl Sunday, February 2nd, talk to your friends and family about ending human trafficking. Encourage them to spread the word, take the #HTChallenge, and join the movement to STOP trafficking.

Together, we can change the world! #IDG2014


Happy Holidays & New Year from IDG Summit

Thank you to everyone for making IDG2013 and the 11 Days of Action a huge success!

IDG 2013Because of you, girls’ voices were heard around the world. They spoke out against violence, discrimination, and inequality, and celebrated their collective power on October 11th. They showed us how to create change in our communities.

And because of each and every girl around the world, we are forever inspired! We can’t wait to see what girls will accomplish in 2014.

The Gift of Human Rights

This December, give girls the gift of human rights. Join the IDG Summit’s 11 Months of Action campaign and #VoteforGirls at the United Nations… because every girl deserves the right to be heard.

photo 3It’s so easy to share your voice!

Step 1: Take the My World survey and add “Girls” to the Suggested Priorities section.

Step 2: Tell us why you voted for girls. Write down on a piece of paper why you think it is important to listen to girls. Take a photo of yourself holding the paper and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For ex: “I #Vote4Girls because girls have the power to change the world.” #11MonthsofAction #IDG2014

Don’t forget to add #Vote4Girls #11MonthsofAction #IDG2014 in the caption.

… because everyday is the Day of the Girl!



The Girl Manifesto


Long Live the Girls is a girls’ empowerment group based in Hawassa, Ethiopia that focuses on building girls’ creative writing skills. The Girl Manifesto is a signature project, which prepares girls and women to engage gender policy through the manifesto as a literary and political form.

In a world where speaking up and out can trigger negative attention and consequences, the Girl Manifesto project makes a difference in the lives of the 33 girls and women who come daily, sometimes from great distances, to participate in our writing workshops and literary readings.

1098103_176002812583860_636772143_nGirls practice the skills and tools necessary to build confidence and speak out on the issues that mattered most to them. The GIRL MANIFESTO book is now in its final stages of production and will be ready for distribution at the end of 2013.

Check out this great video on our project! And follow our work on Facebook at: Long Live the Girls

The Girl Manifesto is an extraordinary achievement – highlighting how collaborators from around the world come together to rally and to amplify girls and women’s voices in Ethiopia — contributing to a growing literary scene in the country. The Girl Manifesto also evidences a wider, international conversation on the power of girls and women to transform their own lives and the worlds around them.

1002603_176149152569226_1040932971_nLong Live the Girls was very inspired by the daily actions of Day of the Girl Summit and was proud to contribute to the conversation on gender equality in our own community and online.

On behalf of Break Arts: International Arts & Education Collaborative (www.breakarts.org) as well as Action for Youth and Community Change, we look forward to being part of the change we all want to see in the world — where all people feel free and safe to express themselves.

— Kidest Tariku & Amanda Lichtenstein, Long Live the Girls



Every Girl Matters

2Whenever I’m asked to express my sentiments regarding the International Day of the Girl, I am left in a state of indecisiveness. My views are couched in an expression of an inherent dichotomy. The day symbolizes a space to appreciate liberation and reassertion of an identity (of being a girl) otherwise discriminated against. It appears to me as if I’ll be heard today; my dreams which, on other accounts are termed unrealistic shall qualify to be viewed on this occasion, as inspirational and a path-breaking ideology.  Celebrating the voice of a ‘she’ internationally reinforces the idea of how significant girls can be the world over. Why then, should there even be a special day to commemorate the voice of a girl? Is it because she continues to struggle, protest, face subjugation and routine unjust treatment for the rest three sixty four days of the year? How crucial is this celebration, in correlation to the hard- hitting realities of young girls across the globe? Initially, I struggled to comprehend the purpose of the day itself.

But then my initial sense of pessimism recedes in the background. It is hard to deny the roots of such a celebration that germinates as a consequence of an unbroken chain of successful struggle, a network of millions of girls and their fragmented stories which, when joined together, becomes a remarkable narration– of love, hope and persistent courage. Inspirational young girls have time and again, resisted against oppression, unjust treatment and violence inflicted upon them. Girls face sex-selection, incidents of sex trafficking, child marriage, school drop- out, child sexual abuse and incest in our local and global communities.

IMG_9122What is encouraging is the realization that just like oppression against girls has been an endemic phenomenon transcending national boundaries; youth activism advocating for equal rights and opportunities of girls is now center stage amidst a global audience. For me – in the process of fighting for the constitutional right to life that every girl child deserves in India, through Campaign Rebirth, and in contributing to the International Day of the Girl Speak Out at the United Nations, I have realized that the world does not need to be a cruel place. It can be a place of transformation and change. By focusing on the two dimensions of female foeticide and rights of abandoned girls currently residing in shelter homes of New Delhi, India, I am convinced that the impetus to change will come from us – the girls.

I draw my sense of inspiration from the small, simple things in life – from young girls becoming young activists in support of global education; standing up to represent her choice of not getting married or deciding upon her own professional pursuits; to something as seemingly insignificant as girls learning to ride a bicycle. I get inspired, not only by girls who have experienced oppression, but others who have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones to become sensitive to discrimination and in turn, sown their own seeds of conviction, change and persistence.

I believe our societies have much to contribute in terms of encouraging girls to become change makers – to challenge centuries of discrimination around the globe.

534329_425103567591249_1009774378_nGirls, I strongly feel, must be celebrated each day, for their creativity, vibrancy and enthusiasm. Further still – every act of standing up for equality of opportunities is applause-worthy.  It is that fact, that stands out to me as the key message of this day – the International Day of the Girl.

Every initiative matters. Every girl matters.

By: Arpita, Founder/ President Campaign Rebirth, Sociology Student and Coordinator of Women’s Development Cell, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, India.

You can watch Arpita’s video for the International Day of the Girl Summit: Here!

IDG Makes Me Feel Inspired

Anita at SPK OutThe following post shares the thoughts and reflections of Anita, Girl Advocate for the Working Group on Girls. She leads us through her feelings and reflections at the IDG 2013 Girls Speak Out.

I am nervous, but nervous could not be the word to express the millions of emotions running through my head. All eyes on us. The Working Group on Girls members looking at us with confidence with faith in their eyes. They believe in us. And ready or not, three o’clock was here. Lights, camera, action.

My obsession to deliver my speech perfectly was washed away when I stumbled on a sentence. So I smile as I looked out to the audience and saw my best friend, 20 other students from my class, and GIRLS. The ECOSOC chamber for one day, October 11 to be exact, was filled with girls and leaders who want girls to succeed globally.

My favorite part of the Girl Speak Out was the audience. They responded with compassion and serenity as we were all moved together.

Hands UpI was asked to give one word to describe my feelings after speaking at the UN with audience members, such as the Ambassador of Turkey. My instant reaction was that one word cannot describe the mood of IDG 2013. However, instantly the word “inspired” shot right through my mouth.

The Girl Speak Out was more than just testimonies. It awakened the drive to make a difference, create change – even something as simple as starting a petition – I feel inspired.

The Speak Out was accessible to anyone. That was the beautiful part. It was not just an event for people at the UN, but for girls everywhere.

It is unanimous: The Day of the Girl should be everyday! It brought girls and adults from all different backgrounds together to connect and change the world.

Lizzy Reflects on the Girls Speak Out at the United Nations

Lizzy at SpkOutFor the Girls Speak Out on October 11th, six girl activists from around the world, ages thirteen to seventeen, shared their inspirational stories and projects. I had the unique opportunity to hear these stories first hand as a representative of Girls Learn International and Girl Advocate for the Working Group on Girls. In fact, I helped to moderate the discussion for the Girls Speak Out. Here are my thoughts about that powerful day, IDG2013:

Eighth-grader Sophie talked about teaching swimming lessons for three years with the Mariposa Foundation on the Northern Coast of the Dominican Republic. Giving girls in this coastal community the opportunity to swim allowed them to get jobs, save lives, and change their social status. Seventeen-year old Diana talked about immigrating to the United States at a young age with her family, crossing a desert for three days with little food or water. Her personal triumph and activism in the New York State Youth Leadership Council shone a light on the deeply unfair immigrants policies. As she said herself, with a power that was startling and amazing, “I am undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic”.

Fourteen-year-old Malika from Burkina Faso shared how she raised thousands of dollars to buy bikes that help girls safely travel to and from school in her community. Yeimy from Guatemala talked about her grassroots activism within her community – working to bring increased government attention and aid to girls’ education and teenage pregnancy. Claudia from Mozambique spoke about the awareness she raised in her community about human rights and girls’ education. Nesserine and Sihem from Algeria talked about the organization they founded to help more girls go to school within their community.

Speak Out PassAs more and more girls spoke, more and more respondents (Ambassadors, Executive Directors, and High-Level UN officials) became speechless in the wake of such powerful and personal testimonies. I had heard all their stories before in rehearsal, but there was something different in the way the girls were speaking on that day. There was more urgency in their voices, more insistence.

I hear UN officials say at every event that they know investing in girls is important. That they know it changes the world. That they, and their respective governments or organizations, are working to help girls. As great as these public speeches are, girls worldwide get a pitiful amount of international aid: 1%. 1% of all international aid.

The discrepancy between words and actions deny girls worldwide their human rights.

GLI Chapter at SPK OutBut the girl activists at the Girls Speak Out wanted action. They had already worked within their communities to help empower and educate girls. As they spoke about their own issues, programs, organizations, and activism, it became clear that it is girls who are the experts on girls’ rights. The Girls Speak Out showed that girls are the solution. Girls have the unique perspective of actually being girls. They need to be part of the conversation.

On this International Day of the Girl, they were.