International Day of the Girl 2013
8 October 2013
This Friday, 11 October 2013 will mark the 2nd International Day of the Girl!
How can YOU celebrate the day?
In observance of the first International Day of the Girl, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worked along with our Member Organisations, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and partners on the day to find out how we can create The world we want for girls. Over the course of the year, as we worked with girls and young women, supporters and partners around the world to help make this imaginary world a reality, we asked what was the single biggest thing that would radically change the world as we know it into the world we want? The answer? Putting girls in the lead.On 9 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls' rights and emphasize the unique challenges girls face around the world. This years theme from the UN is on 'Innovating for Girls' Education' (see the UN website to know more).
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will be celebrating the day by recognising three key areas that we have been working on throughout the year. These are putting a girl in the lead, the Voices against violence curriculum, and Free Being Me - a new programme created by WAGGGS and Dove.
Putting a girl in the lead
For this international day of the girl, we have asked our partners and member organisations to help us in putting girls in the lead. We have started by asking member organizations and partners to help motivate and inspire girls and recognize the challenges they face in leadership positions. In the lead up to the International Day of the Girl, we ran a campaign on our Tumblr site asking people to write in what putting a girl in the lead means to them, which included a survey that over 600 people have filled out on the topics of girl leadership and the barriers girls face. On the day we will announce the outcome of this survey, and highlight some of the great things our member organisations have been and will be doing around the world.
Follow along in the celebrations with us using #IDG2013 and #girlinthelead, also see our video on the International Day of the Girl.
Voices against violence
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been working with UN Women on an exciting new curriculum as part of the Stop the Violence campaign. Check back on our website on the day to learn more!
Follow #voicesagainstviolence and #dayofthegirl to find out more about what's happening on the day! Also follow @un_women twitter account on the day - you won't want to miss out!
Free Being Me
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have teamed up with Dove to create a programme that will reach 3.5 million girls by the end of their partnership.
The partnership is a joint commitment to empower girls to reach their full potential in life through initiatives that strengthen body confidence and self-esteem so the way they think they look never holds them back.
Check back on our website on the day to find out more, and follow #freebeingme to stay up to date!