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October 11: Day of the Girl
“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”
-United Nations Resolution 66/170
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.
Day of the Girl-US is the United States branch of this global movement.
“We are an 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights. Our work to dismantle the patriarchy and fight for social justice is rooted in girl-led activism across the country, using October 11th as a day of national action.” – Day of the Girl-US
LEARN MORE ABOUT “HOW TO BE AN ACTIVIST”
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT DAY OF THE GIRL – U.S.
October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement.
A worldwide revolution.
We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes.
Every day girls around the world are fighting for their freedom.
This International Day of the Girl – join them and raise your voice:
1. Share the film and tell us what #FreedomForGirls means to you
2. Take action at http://www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl
In 2015 when leaders signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – the Global Goals – they made a promise – to empower all girls. There has been progress but we need to keep up the pressure.
If we work together we can make sure world leaders deliver and every girl grows up healthy, safe, empowered and able to fulfill her dreams.
4ggl thanks Day of the Girl – US for this story!
Day of the Girl – US. An 100% youth-led movement.
4GGL Thanks Global Goals for this video!
This film from director MJ Delaney featuring ‘Freedom’ by Beyoncé, calls for action on some of the biggest challenges girls face like access to education, child marriage and the threat of violence.
In 2016, we asked you to share #WhatIReallyReallyWant for girls and women – this 2017 video asks you to raise your voice for freedom. This can’t wait – we need action now if we are to achieve the Global Goals and equality for all girls.
Cast Delanee Kilgore Gabriella Castillo Ellie Kerai Brielle Olaleye Annelle Olaleye Faryat Fahad Jazmyn Dorsey Marilyn Espinoza Payton Ali Giana Rice Director MJ Delaney