International Day of the Girl – October 11, 2016

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Today is the International Day of the Girl and, in light of recent comments made by one of our presidential candidates (I cannot even put his name into writing today) this movement should be of utmost importance to girls around the world and to those who are their mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.

Here is an excerpt from the Day of the Girl website about the movement and what it is about.

“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”

-United Nations Resolution 66/170

In 2011, as the result of youth advocacy around the world, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

Day of the Girl-US is the United States branch of this global movement. We are an 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights. Our work to dismantle the patriarchy and fight for social justice is rooted in girl-led activism across the country, using October 11th as a day of national action.

October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement.

A worldwide revolution.

We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes.

My hope is that girls around the world will not only be seen as equals but that they will be support and encouraged to live their dreams, have goals, be educated, feel safe and not have to worry about being chastised, ridiculed, looked down upon, held back, made to feel bad about themselves, neglected or abused.

My hope is that girls around the world will be held up, treated with respect, be taught to love themselves and others for who they are, be educated, nurtured, loved, encouraged, and reminded on a daily basis that they are as good as anyone else….that they shall all be equal.