“Some day, they will say this was the moment when the world woke up to my potential…this is the moment when being a girl became my strength, my sanctuary, not my pain.”
These are the words of the Girl Declaration, a powerful statement written by adolescent girls who are living in poverty around the world. All too often, these girls have been neglected by society. Their needs go unmet and their rights are ignored. People take advantage of their lack of power, their isolation, and their limited access to economic opportunities and legal protections.
That’s why today—on the International Day of the Girl—we celebrate the Girl Declaration. International Day of the Girl reminds us that too many girls are not in school. Some cannot go to school because of lack of money to pay for education, some for cultural reasons, some because they are being forced to work and some- because they have been raped and left pregnant.
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.
International Day of the Girl reminds us that through education, we can empower girls to make their own choices, about their own lives and to make change.
To find out more, or to get involved, go to: http://www.dayofthegirl.org/