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International Day of the Girl Child

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.

Why October 11 Is Not a Normal Thursday

Sofia Stafford | Posted 12.15.2012 | Teen
Sofia Stafford

Every morning we wake up to the sound of our alarm. We get dressed, grab some breakfast and less than 20 minutes later we are at school. The two of us may live in different states, attend different schools, but there is one common denominator we share.

Happy International Day of the Girl

Nahal Shakib | Posted 10.11.2012 | Teen
Nahal Shakib

There is no question that with the proper education and environment, a girl is capable of great things -- in fact, the tenacity that girls consistently show proves that they will lead the world to this realization.

On International Day of the Girl, Books Matter

David Risher | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
David Risher

If we went to Ghana together, I'd want you to meet Linda Donkor, a 16-year-old student in Worldreader's program. She lives with her grandmother and her sisters.

"Let It Be a Lesson": The Yearning for Learning, as a Force of Nature

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 12.11.2012 | World
Susan M. Blaustein

Malala Yousafzai's tragedy is our tragedy; may she live, and may this astonishingly beautiful young woman continue to inspire us. But her story teaches us that the hunger for learning is unstoppable.

Millions of Girls Dream of One Thing

Shelly Esque | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Shelly Esque

Educating girls is not just right, it's smart. The numbers add up, which is why we consider educating girls to be basic math.

An Idea to Change the World: Empower Girls

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

Together, let's build a world where a child's destiny is determined by drive and ability, not by gender. It's the idea that girls are sharing with the world today. And it's an idea we should all get behind.

Malala's Fight Is the World's Fight

Gordon Brown | Posted 12.11.2012 | World
Gordon Brown

Pakistan needs to be shocked into action, with the Taliban shamed and forced into accepting the basic freedoms of every girl.

Investments in Girls: Half the Sky, but None of the Cash

Nicole Tosh | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Nicole Tosh

Programs have traditionally focused on keeping girls in school or delaying marriage, which are important approaches, but perhaps a wiser investment is direct assets to girls -- i.e., giving them cash.

A Day for All Girls, A Day for Malala

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 10.11.2012 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

Today, on the first United Nation's International Day of the Girl Child, the world's thoughts are with Malala Yousufzai, the 14 year-old Pakistani schoolgirl and activist who was shot Tuesday in the Swat Valley.