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International Day of the Girl Child

Empowering Initiatives Create Girl Power

New York Women in Film & Television | Posted 10.25.2016 | Black Voices
New York Women in Film & Television

In order for our daughters around the world to gain access to careers in science, medicine and engineering, girls and women need to be exposed to many more positive media images that open their eyes to the world of possibility.

The Global Search for Education: The Millennial Bloggers - Jobs Employment and Education

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.24.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve the 17 SDGs over the next 15 years. Sustainable Development...

The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 10.09.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) summit in New York is an amazing opportunity that the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have been honoured to accept for the fourth year in a row.

It's Time We Starting Listening to Adolescent Girls

Gina Reiss-Wilchins | Posted 10.08.2016 | Impact
Gina Reiss-Wilchins

In Kenya, as in many places around the world, a girls' journey into adolescence is a challenging time. She faces significant pressures and expectations.

Mary Did Not Have a Great "Day of the Girl Child"

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Rebecca Tinsley

The International Day of the Girl Child is on a par with the worthy treaties some world leaders sign and then fail to implement. 190 governments have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Children.

The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The agony of these missing parts applies not only to our deceased loved ones - it applies to when we allow fear to dampen courage; ignorance to imprison knowledge; and hatred to overwhelm love.

Ganging Up Against Gender Violence!

Vivian Onano | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Vivian Onano

Young girls are always denied the opportunity to enjoy their childhood as a result of certain traditions that have deep roots in our communities. Every year about three million African girls suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) around the globe.

Girls Deserve the Chance to Reach Their Dreams

Salma Hayek Pinault | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Salma Hayek Pinault

On this International Day of the Girl, let us shelter and support young girls' dreams, and help those millions of tiny flames become a sun that lights the sky.

Day of the Girl Child -- Empower 2014

Maryam Zar | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Maryam Zar

This year the theme of the International Day of the Girl Child (#DayoftheGirl, #IDG, #EducateGirls, #EmpowerWomen) is empowering adolescent girls. Every year, nearly 10 million girls succumb to child marriage, and are given away as brides before the age of 18, with no say in the matter.

8 Ways You Can Take Action On The International Day Of The Girl

Megan Foo | Posted 12.10.2014 | Teen
Megan Foo

October 11 marks the International Day of the Girl, a day established by the United Nations dedicated to raising awareness of gender inequalities, calling attention to gender-based discrimination and advocating for women's empowerment.

Start Small. But Start Now. Stand Up for Children.

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Global movements start with one action.

Searching For Smart: My Stroll with the 2014 Google Science Fair Winners

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

(From Left to Right; Sophie, Ciara, Emer) Apart from searching for keywords on the web, every year Google embarks on a search for smart teens around ...

Celebrating the Girls Who Can

Claire Armitage | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Claire Armitage

Emerge poverty free works with the BCHC to help over 700 orphans who have been placed with foster families in Bunia. Years of conflict, between myriad rebel groups, in the resource-rich region have devastated local lives, separating families and destroying livelihoods.

Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

Married Young: The Scourge of Child Brides in South Asia

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Child marriage is both the symptom of a patriarchal society unwilling to let women progress and the cause of other gender-based issues such as economic marginalization and poor health care.

International Day of the Girl: Looking to the Past and the Future

Annie Gersh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Annie Gersh

If we want to be able to tackle global issues, we must utilize not 50 percent of our population, but all of our population. The time to act is now.

A Letter to My Son on International Day of the Girl

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Courtney Macavinta

What most touched me yesterday, however, was Malala's insistence that boys, our sons and brothers, are her partners in creating an equal world.

Half of Our Potential

Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward

If we think it's acceptable to give only half our population opportunity, then we will reach only half of our potential. In this day and age, this shouldn't be a fight at all -- for anyone.

The Girls of Our Wildest Imagination

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Stacy Parker Le Melle

"I am a woman with a wild imagination/puppets and clowns won't steal my will/because my imagination is full of peace." - from "My Wild Imagination" by...

Girls Are Changing The World!

Julia Wiklander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Julia Wiklander

The International Day of the Girl is important. This is not another cause to celebrate for one day. Instead it is to recognize the need for investing in girls and raising their voices around the world. We need, grassroots movements, resources and political will to make this change a reality.

How Educating Girls Can Change the World

Reeta Roy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Reeta Roy

The International Day of the Girl is a fitting time to reflect on the countless girls like Harriet who might not achieve their dreams unless we mobilize to ensure they receive an education.

Adolescent Girls: ‘The Key to All Solutions'

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Sarah Degnan Kambou

They are great in number, these girls; they belong to an exploding population of youth worldwide -- the largest in history. And these girls are bubbling with untapped potential that will continue to be squashed unless we put them at the center of global development efforts in the coming decade.

Why A Day Dedicated To Girls Is Necessary

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 12.11.2013 | Teen
Hannah Weintraub

In honor of the event, some of the day's organizers asked me to grapple with the question, "Why is this day necessary?"

Malala and the Keys to Peace

Erol Yayboke | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Erol Yayboke

Ultimately, if we (especially men) truly want a chance at peace in our time, it's time to channel Malala's bravery. It's time to realize that by not including half the population we are only getting half the results.

The Gimmick of 10/11. The Power of 10/11.

Anne Robinson Wadsworth | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Anne Robinson Wadsworth

What is International Day of the Girl? A gimmick for all the best reasons. Unlike the day 30 days before it, it is a day of hope and possibility. It is a day which calls on all of us to be our best, to be proactive, to be generous.