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October 11 is International Day of the Girl: Taking a Global Stand #DayOfTheGirl

international-day-of-the-girl-october-11-global-team-of-200-melisasourceThursday October 11 2012 marks the very first International Day of the Girl, a movement established by the United Nations General Assembly to have an annual day to not only celebrate girls around the world for who they are, but to also raise awareness and discussion of the array on unique challenges that girls face globally.

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According to the Official Day of the Girl website:

“In reserving a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN has signaled its commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls… including gender violence, early marriage, child labor, and discrimination at work.” [UN.org]

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I am very excited about this special day. Growing up, I experienced more than my fair share of issues with discrimination, stereotyping, gender bias, and feelings of inferiority. Now that I am a mother of two daughters, I do all that I can to educate them about the issues of girls’ rights that still remain in our world today.

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I want my daughters to always know that they are strong and powerful beyond measure. I want them to be fearless, and hold tight to the belief that anything is possible for them to achieve. That no one can ever make them feel inferior without their consent, and that they always have the right to choose and pave their own way. I want them to be equipped with the knowledge that they have the right to be treated equally and fairly in all situations.

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Unfortunately, there are millions of girls around the world who do not have those options.

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One of the conditions that has caused a significantly impact on girls’ options is child marriage, which is the focus of this year’s International Day of the Girl.

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According to the United Nations website, 1 in 3 women age 20-24 globally married prior to age 18, with a third of that number having married prior to age 15. Child marriage has an extremely high probability of opening the door to a wide array of health and life-threatening risks for girls such as high-risk pregnancy, reduced education, disease, abuse, poverty, and more.

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This year the UN is calling upon everyone around the globe to take action in raising awareness to this urgent issue. By raising more awareness and addressing the challenges girls face on a global scale, a change can be made for the better.

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No girl should ever feel as if they do not have choices. No girl should ever be made to feel powerless. I am a firm believer that all girls everywhere should be celebrated, cherished, and loved every day and have a fair chance to live a full and successful life. Every girl around the globe should have equal access to the resources they need to ensure a bright and promising future. The time has come for every girl to feel empowered–and be given the opportunity—to run the world.

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Here are ways that you can get involved and support International Day of the Girl:

  • Visit dayofthegirl.org and un.org  to learn how to get involved or make a donation
  • Participate in the first Day of the Girl Virtual Summit
  • Sign the online petition to get a proclamation for a National Day of the Girl issued for the United States
  • Connect with International Day of the Girl on Facebook and Twitter

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I am a proud member of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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Shelda Raymonvil

This is such a great cause and not many people are aware of the struggles and challenges girls face. More people need to be aware and spread the word. Thus, I will be looking into the ways to get involved from the links you posted.

Thanks for sharing!

Makeba Giles
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Greetings Shelda! I am so glad to hear that this article has inspired you to look for ways to get involved with International Day of the Girl! How wonderful of you!! ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me! 🙂

Stesha

Everyone on this planet should support International Day of the Girl. Girls face many unnecessary hurdles and a stand should be taken to stop this. Thanks for your post!

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Stesha

Greetings Stesha! Yes I absolutely agree — It is so important that more awareness is raised for International Day of the Girl to help reduce and even end the problems that girls face everyday. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

Jennifer James

What beautiful daughters you have! I love your post. Thank you for being a part of the Global Team of 200.

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Jennifer James

Greetings Jennifer! Thank you so much for your kind words and I am very honored to be a part of such a dynamic team! I greatly appreciate you sharing here with me! 🙂

Harleena Singh

Wonderful indeed!

I never really knew that the International Day of the Girl also falls in October. I thought it was mainly the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so thanks for bringing that to my notice.

That’s a wonderful picture of your daughters with you, and it sure reminds me of my girls too. 🙂

I wish more people would realize the importance of girls and bring them up in the same way as boys. Many countries have the discrimination factor that saddens me a great deal.

Thanks for sharing and help create awareness. 🙂

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Harleena Singh

Greetings Harleena! Thank you so much! Yes I truly agree that there need to be an end put to the discrimination and vast differences in upbringing that girls around the world deal with. I believe that International Day of the Girl is a great step in the right direction. ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me! 🙂

Lothar Seifert

The International Day of the Girl, this is a very good idea.

A Girl from Nepal you can see here: http://www.asien.l-seifert.de/nepal/Familie-6.html

I wish all the girls and boys in the world peace

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Lothar Seifert

Greetings Lothar! Thank you so very much for sharing your information here with me! 🙂

DjRelAt7

Great post about bringing awareness to the challenges that young girls face around the world! I love the part where you say, no one can make them inferior without their consent! This is a great day and a great start to see some REAL changes being made!

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  DjRelAt7

Greetings DjRelAt7! I agree — Girls have to face so much–and even far more than years before. I believe that International Day of the Girl is a great step in the right direction to raising more awareness of these issues to bring about solutions. A very great day, indeed! ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me and I appreciate your kind words! 🙂

Deone Higgs

Makeba, I celebrate you and the role model you are for your daughters, and so many other young ladies. This was a beautiful cause you’ve shared here with us. Thank you for being a shining light for others. Shine on, sister, shine on! 🙂

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Deone Higgs

Greetings Deone! Thank you so much for your kind words! I simply try to guide my girls along the best path possible. 🙂 Thank you so very much for sharing here with me! 🙂

Val
Val

As women, we have the obligation of protecting all those who come behind us. Thanks for bringing this day to our attention!!

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Val

Greetings Val! Absolutely! The responsibility is ours to be a light for the future generations indeed. ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me! 🙂

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