Not only is it a fun, sequential date, it is the United Nations International Day of the Girl.
“To help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” - The mission of Day of the Girl found in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child
The Day of the Girl website explains that the day is about "highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach other people–grownups, boys, girls all across the world–a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and opportunity."
A video message from Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Executive Director, encourages girls to stand up for their rights, for boys to see the good in equality and for governments and authorities to invest in girls to benefit all.
How can you get in on International Day of the Girl?
- Events held across the globe to celebrate girls and their potential can be found here.
- Check out an online broadcast sponsored by Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn and She’s the First featuring New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, actress and editor Monique Coleman, the first UN Youth Champion; and Seventeen magazine Editor in Chief Ann Shoket at 8:30 a.m Eastern.
- You can join the International Day of the Girl Virtual Summit here from 7-8 p.m. Eastern
- Teach a child, boy or girl, about an amazing girl who has made a difference. An interesting compilation of girls and their bios can be found on the International Day of the Girl Summit's Hall of Fame.
Day of the Girl provides 11 Ideas for Action that encourage girls to stand up for what they want, to make their opinions known by writing to lawmakers and newspaper editors and to share their "knowledge and talents in a way that benefits all of us."
I think it is also worth taking time on this day to educate ourselves and share information on how girls in some countries are not treated equally, are not educated and not given the rights given to girls in other countries. Worldwide, only 30% of girls are enrolled in secondary school. The timing of International Day of the Girl is poignant, so soon after the Taliban shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who attends school in Pakistan and blogged about the value of educating girls. The Taliban didn't like that. Check out these organizations that empower girls.
Will you take part in International Day of the Girl?