International Day of the Girl 2017 is almost here! We celebrate the 6th annual day on WednesdayOctober 11, 2017. Every year Good Shepherd around the world celebrate the day in amazing ways and I am sure that this year will be no different. The International Day is preceded by 11 days of action starting on October 1 and concluding with ‘Girls Speak Out’ at the United Nations when girls initiate, prepare, and moderate the session speaking to world leaders of girls’ experiences around the world.
What unique challenges are girls facing just because they are girls? There are so many unusual challenges girls have to deal with today, from injustice in society, their community and in the workplace, to unfairness in opportunities in education, or gender violence, sexism, war, climate change, trafficking in person, sexual exploitation, migration and many others. There’s no right or wrong answer here. What’s important is how you define “crisis” or “injustice” and how you or a girl you know dealt with it.
The International Day of the Girl is our day to celebrate girls everywhere -– to celebrate our power, our voices, and our unique place in this world. On August 4th you were sent a request to share stories. The request was for creative work by girl sharing on ‘What it is like for you to be a girl facing injustice?” While the closing date has gone for inclusion in the ‘Girls’s Speak Out’ it is not too late to share with the GSIJP Office and we will feature them on Winifred’s Blog and on Day of the Girl Summit website and the GSIJP social media sites
- Be a girl (or group of girls) up to 18 years old
- Describe the whole situation in any format that you want to express yourself. It can be a monologue, a story, a poem, a piece of visual art, a video, or a song. Be creative!
- What happened?
- Who was there?
- When was it?
- Where were you?
- Why did you do what you did?
- What was the outcome?
- Send us your inspirational story! Email your submission and consent form to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with your name, age, country, and contact information no later than October 13, 2017
GSIJP Office will be taking the leadership for Day 8 of the 11 days of action bringing attention to the importance of girls’ human rights and demands #JusticeForGirls.
Part of the Good Shepherd Team in NY attending the Girls Speak out 2016 – visitors from Australia, Tanya Corrie and Rome Monique Tarabeh and some pictures from last year. Check out posting of October 2016 on this blog.
Check out this resource prepared by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girls Scouts WAGGGS – Hong Kong – Resource for IDG 2017
Another resource is from 2015 entitled #Start the Convo: a guide to having healthy, meaningful and respectful discussion on gender equality #Start the Convo