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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

Hijacking Girl Power or Empowering Media for Girls?

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There has been a lot of discussion these past few weeks about the Always #LikeAGirl commercial and whether it is truly empowering for girls or an example of Always hijacking girl power. What do you think? 

This week, let’s keep thinking critically about the representation of girls and women in the media. Because media is everywhere – on billboards, street signs, clothing, toys, music, social media, movies, and TV – it is important that we understand the messages and impact of media on our sense of self.

takeactionHere is how to take action this week:

1). Watch the Always #LikeAGirl commercial or Intel’s Every Girl commercial.

2). Think about the pros and cons of these commercials, and other advertisements that focus on “empowering girls.” What is good about these commercials? And what is harmful?

3). Tell us what you think! Can advertisements like these reinforce negative stereotypes about girls? Do they inspire girls to dream big?

Join us for a Twitter Chat with @LTAMedia and @SPARKSummit on Monday, August 11th at 5PM EST and share your ideas with other girls taking action!

Remember to use the hashtags #IDG2014 #medialiteracy #11monthsofaction and follow the conversation on Twitter @IDG2014 @LTAMedia @SPARKSummit.

This week’s Media Literacy Takeaway: The best way to navigate media influence is to talk about the messages and ask lots of questions! Media literacy isn’t about having the right answer (because we all interpret media messages differently) – it is about asking the right questions.

 

 

Ninth Day of Action: SPARK

Day 9
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Pose, Pose, Pose
Let’s Celebrate Bodies of ALL Shapes and Sizes
H&M offers plus-size clothing to their customers- but no mannequins modeling these fashions. We want to change that. It’s important for girls young and old to see all types of bodies represented while they shop, because as we all know, there is not one size of beautiful. Bodies of all shapes and sizes should be celebrated.