Join with me in celebrating the first international day of the girl child on October 11th. WITH GIRLS FOR GIRLS!

October 11, 2012 is the first International Day of the Girl Celebration.  What are you planning?  Have you informed  girls in your programmes about this day? What sort of activity can you do?  Here is a great website and some great ideas. Activities:  1.  The Day of the Girl Virtual Summit:

Register now for the virtual summit on October 11   Register Now! Join Day of the Girl for your chance to win UGG boots.    In honor of the First Day of the Girl, UGG Australia is giving away 100 pairs of UGG boots to girls participating in the Virtual Summit. Register here for your chance to win!

2. Have the ‘Day of the Girl’ proclaimed in your local area.  Visit this page and learn more

Download the ‘Day of the Girl Proclamation Toolkit’ This toolkit will guide you through this process giving you many hits, steps and sample action plans but will not inhibit your creativity.  This is a 10 page tool kit– Cover page and table of contents.   Page 1 answers Why a Day and Why a Proclamation? Pages 2,3,4 and 5 is a Roadmap outlining 4 easy steps Page 6 provides a snapshot of some major crises facing girls Page 7 gives you some tips for successful meeting with local elected officials Pages 8 and 9 Options in planning an event and winning media attention Page 10 A sample action plan.  It is not too late to start!  PLAN TODAY AND CELEBRATE ON THE 11th  OCTOBER

3. The Day of the Girl Challenge  5 Challenges are presented to you.  Check them out – they are easy.  Celebrate the First International Day of the Girl. You will love the last one!

4. Events    There is an interactive map showing where planned events are taking place.   Nigeria is listed.  Good Shepherd are present in over 70 countries.  In how many counties can we ‘Good Shepherd’ get celebrations underway?

5. Hall of Fame    Girls do amazing things every day! 2 times a week, we will profile inspiring girl activists from around the world. Check back here to read their powerful stories and tell us who you want to see in our Girls Hall of Fame.  Is there a girls in your local community that you would wish have listed in the hall of fame?

6. You can do some Day of the Girl on line shopping.  Visit

7. Downloads  –  Help spread the word about the Day of the Girl Virtual Summit! Just put a Day of the Girl banner on your website.

8. Sponsoring Organizations:  There are 6 official sponsors of the Day of the Girls Virtual Summit.

Do you visit the Working Group on Girls Website?

Carolyn Christie a high school student prepared a toolkit for WGG Members .  This is a very comprehensive toolkit with lots of information about girls.  See Page 3 for the contents.  Page 5 is the United Nations Resolution designating October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child starting in 2012.  There is an extensive review of girls in UN documents.  Ideas to explore in your community and with girls:

• Pages 12,13 and 14 looks at things that hinder girls’ progress and ways that make them succeed.  You could hold discussion groups on this as one of the events and share your findings.

• Pages 15 and 16 are some good resources, short video and stories on girls.  Review these and determine which one you would use to tell your community about girls and girls’ rights.

• Pages 17, 18 and 19 have some wonderful questions to facilitate discussion on a wide range of topic. Which one is relevant to your area?

• Page 20 is on the Day of the Girl Virtual Summit.

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