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International Day of the Girl Child

The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Global movements start with one action.

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

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 09.20.2014 | 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.

When Girls Lead, Nations Follow

Victoria Dunning | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Bold, brave, smart, sporty and she speaks out against injustice (including unfair bedtimes). That's my nine-year-old daughter. On International Day of the Girl Child, our hope is that all girls will have the freedom to speak out.

A Bold New Path To Educating Girls

Conrad Person | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Conrad Person

As International Day of the Girl Child approaches, I think of the obstacles that stand in the way of girls and their education. But I also imagine things the way they should be: with them attending university, speaking boldly and confidently, and being valued by all of us for the full spectrum of who they are.

International Day of the Girl Child: Focus on Education

Martha Burk | Posted 12.09.2013 | World
Martha Burk

If the world works together, maybe in another generation we won't have to have a special day, because girls worldwide will at last be getting the education -- and respect -- they deserve.

A Time for Change

ONE | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
ONE

By ONE teen activist and advocate Amelia Atalay, rising 9th grader. Girl Up is a for-girls, by-girls organization of the United Nations Foundation t...

Make Every Day the Day of the Girl

Megan Rosker | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Megan Rosker

Perhaps this will inspire each us to think of our girls for the next 364 days, bringing awareness and support to the other half of our world population.