October is a busy month with the 11 days of Action in preparation for the celebration of International Day of the Girl. It is followed by a number of other important days – October 15, International Day of Rural Women; October 16, World Food Day; and October 17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Indirectly all these days impact negatively on girls as girls live in rural areas, are often hungry and experience multidimensional poverty. All these issues were summed up in the hashtags for the International Day of the Girls #JusticeForGirls and #GirlsRights.
The highlight was October 11 with the Girls Speak Out from the ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations, New York. The Speak Out was cleverly crafted using a ‘Girls in Crisis Hotline’ to introduce stories and issues that affect girls. Three criteria were outlined prior to answering a call ‘Listen with full attention; Ask how they are feeling,’ and thirdly say ‘We love you, we believe you and you are not alone.’ You can view the full webcast HERE There is a snippet with Under Secretary General Amina Mohammed remarks.
The Member States of Canada, Turkey and Peru (displaying their Day of the Girl writs band)
were the sponsors of the resolution on the International Day of the Girl and present supporting girls. The personal sharing of the Honorable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women Canada’s moving – a migrant, a muslim and the first woman muslim women to be a member of the parliament in Canada. See marker 10.10 of the webcast.
The ECOSOC Chamber was filled to capacity with girls … and yes there were some boys too supporting the International Day for Girls also. Our Sisters and mission partners in Indonesia share a lovely video implementing the ‘HeForShe’ campaign From Jakarta
More photographs from Yogyakarta
Other events were also hosted … UNICEF in the morning. The video recording of the UNICEF Event An opportunity to the Honorable Minister from Canada again. Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Loretto Sisters cosponsored an event also celebrating girls hope and resilience. It was streamed on Facebook Live Plan International had an event in the evening .
At the end of July and into August there was a request from the Working Group on Girls and through our GSIJP Office to submit stories, poetry, art etc telling the story of what it is like to be a girl where you live. These stories were collated and formed the backdrop for the Girls Speak Out. Thanks to Indonesia for sharing their celebrations with the office and thanks to Monique for the lovely image used at the top of the page. I had one other reply from the Democratic Republic of Congo but it was late for inclusion. Much has been done – much remains to have #JusticeforGirls and #GirlsRights
Happy International Day of the Girl 2017!