This Thursday, October 11th marks the first-ever International Day of the Girl. This special day was started by School Girls Unite, an organization of students and young women leaders dedicated to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals on gender equality and universal basic education. The day serves as a focal point to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.
Organizations around the world have hopped on board with the concept and have prepared special campaigns around women and girls for International Day of the Girl. Here are six different ways activists can get involved and mobilize:
1. ONE: We’re always striving to put women and girls at the center of the development agenda through our Women & Girls Initiative and our ONE Moms. Watch our short film on Honduras with America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel and Claire Diaz-Ortiz or follow a group of mom blogger activists as they visit Ethiopia this week with ONE.
2. CARE: Sign CARE’s petition to fight child marriage by sending a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (We’ll be writing more about this petition on the ONE Blog this week, so stay tuned).
3. School Girls Unite & Youth Activism Project is aiming to get city and nationwide proclamations acknowledging this day as the Day of the Girl. They also plan to have a tweet-up, and a virtual summit on October 11th.
4. 10×10, a grassroots, social action campaign to reach global audiences and inspire individuals to take action for girls, are inviting activists everywhere to use this International Day of the Girl as an opportunity to start a local conversation about how each of us can help make a better future for girls by encouraging people to host events and register them with the organization. Their goal is to get 1 million actions in support of girls around the world.
5. Plan International is launching the “Because I am a Girl” campaign on October 11th. The campaign aims to support millions of girls to get the educations, skills and support they need to transform their lives and the world around them. The campaign asks advocates to “raise your hand to support quality education for girls” and hopes to collect 4 million actions to present to the UN Secretary General and the donor community to encourage them to make girls’ education a priority.
Take a few minutes to check-out these inspiring campaigns. Let’s all work together to make the first ever International Day of the Girl a great success!