October 11 – Happy International Day of the Girl


Happy International Day of the Girl via Facebook from Indonesia …. Thank you Theresia Nia.

Happy International Day of the Girl via e-mail from Madagascar … Thank you Ernestine.  Ernestine send a short reflection on the situation of girls in Madagascar in French.  We have it in English too!  Click here   French   and  English

More great pictures and greetings from Filipini Lucia

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The International Day of the Girl was celebrated at the United Nations on Friday October 9 when ‘Girls Took Over The UN’ advocating for girls’ rights and claiming girl power!  Tribute must be paid to the Ambassadors of Canada, Peru and Turkey for their advocacy with other member states on behalf of girls.  Lakshmi Puri represented UN Women with representatives from UNICEF and other UN entities.  The President of the General Assembly prepared a video link to address the girls gathered.  See UN Women website on International Day of the Girl Child

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Here are some photographs from the Girls Speak Out at the UN: 2015-10-09 13.35.29

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Some good quotes from the Girls Speak Out: ‘I will become the doctor my parents wants me to marry’  ‘I think more people are afraid of the power of girls than they are of UN Ambassadors.’  ‘Every girl must have the right to live, love, dream, educate herself and work.’ ‘60% of all sexual assault victims in the US alone are girls under the age of 18 years.’  ‘To achieve gender equality girls must be included in the conversation.’  ‘Every 2 minutes another girls is forced into early marriage.’  ‘Girls rights are human rights, we demand action.’  ‘We stand together to demand girls’ rights in communities around the world.’

Good Shepherd International Foundation had my favourite photograph.

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and today they write ‘Girls are the Future’   Read More India, Angola, Kenya   Good Shepherd Asia Pacific on it Facebook page  “Happy International Day of the Girl Child 2015. We agree – girls are the future! Empowering and educating girls and boys is absolutely critical for gender equality and putting an end to violence against women and girls. ‪#‎SeeUs‬ ‪#‎HearUs‬  Good Shepherd Asia Pacific



Do read Because I am a Girl: State of the World’s Girls 2015 report The Unfinished Business of Girls’ Rights  Click Here  The website is in French but I don’t think that the report is translated:  Plan International – French

There is a lovely poem on the back cover by Imtiaz Dharker entitled:

Half the Sky.

Happy International Day of the Girl – A Day of Hope for Gender Equality and Mother Earth!

Respuestas a la encuesta – ‘Las chicas califican el Programa de Beijing’- siguen llegando del Buen Pastor!

WGG GirlsLas respuestas a la encuesta ‘Las chicas califican Beijing’ siguen llegando de los apostolados del Buen Pastor en todo el mundo.  Estoy muy entusiasmada con esto!.  En mi publicación del 13 de febrero teníamos la siguiente participación Malasia (16) Madagascar (21) Myanmar (12) Nepal (4) India (106) Filipinas (12) México (131) Nueva York (Cathedral High School-la escuela entera), Servicios del Buen Pastor, NY.

A la fecha de hoy tenemos– Malasia (40), Indonesia 170, Pakistán 55, Australia 6, Chicago 1, Costa Rica 14, Nicaragua 3, Macao 25, Sri Lanka 65, Taiwán 66 y Colombia 33.   Esto es un total de 880 respuestas a la encuesta.  ¡Bien hecho!   Las respuestas serán aceptadas hasta el 20 de marzo de 2015 el último día de la CSW59 – Beijing +20


Las niñas que aún no habían nacido, cuando la conferencia de Beijing fue llevada a cabo en 1995, están revisando sus experiencias de vida en lo cotidiano: en su casa, en la escuela y en su comunidad con respecto a la escolaridad, las tareas del hogar, trabajo, seguridad, acceso a servicios de salud y tecnología.  Hay un par de preguntas relacionadas con los derechos de las niñas, conocimiento de los derechos, la legislación para la implementación de los derechos de las niñas dentro del país y las posiciones de liderazgo de las niñas.  Los resultados preliminares de este estudio se compartirán durante un evento paralelo el martes 10 de marzo de 2015 entre las 10: 30 y 12:00 en el Auditorio del Ejército de Salvación en la siguiente dirección: East 52nd  Street, NY.

Survey responses – ‘Girls Rate Beijing’ continue to pour in!

WGG GirlsSurvey responses ‘Girls Rate Beijing’ continue to pour in from Good Shepherd Ministries throughout the world.  I am very excited about this.  In my post of February 13th we had the following Malaysia (16)  Madagascar (21) Myanmar (12) Nepal (4) India (106) Philippines (12) Mexico (131) New York (Cathedral High School -whole school), Good Shepherd Services, NY.

Updating today – Malaysia (40), Indonesia 170, Pakistan 55, Australia 6, Chicago 1, Central America – we are identifying the country (17), Macau 25, Sri Lanka 65, Taiwan 66 and Colombia 33.   This is a total of 880 survey replies.  Well done!   Responses will be accepted unto March 20th, 2015 the last day of CSW59 Beijing+20


Girls who were not yet born when Beijing was taking place in 1995 are reviewing their experiences of day to day life at home, in school, and in their community with regard to schooling, household chores, work, safety, access to health services, and technology .  There are a few questions related to girls rights, knowledge of right, legislation for implementation of girls’ rights within the country, and girls leadership positions.  The preliminary results of this survey will be shared during a parallel event on Tuesday March 10, 2015 between 10.30 and 12.00 noon at the Salvation Army Auditorium on East 52nd Street, NY.

Girls Voices Are Important. Beijing Platform for Action featured girls – See L Platform

L. The Girl-child   Read what was the dream for girls 20 years ago.

WGG has a call out inviting girls to rate Beijing in the girls grade Beijing Survey.  Have you presented this survey to girls to complete.  All of the girls doing this survey will have been born after 1997.  Beijing took place in 1995 and is 20 years old this year.  Have things changed for girls?

Good Shepherd responses to this invitation have come from surprising places – Malaysia (16)  Madagascar (21) Myanmar (12) Nepal (4) India (106) Philippines (12) Mexico (131) New York (Nativity High School).  We congratulate those who participated and have expressed their experiences and opinions.  We continue to invite others to do so.   The results will be presented during the Commission on the Status of Women 59th Session between March 9 – 20, 2015. Girls 18 years and under are eligible to contribute.

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These WGG Girl Advocates speak at the United Nations from time to time.  Your ideas and voice can be added by completing the survey!  The survey is available in English, Spanish, French, PortugueseMandarin and Arabic. You can also download hard copies of the survey and return them to us at WGGgirls@gmail.com or at 777 United Nations Plaza, Suite 6E, New York, NY 10017. 

Raquelina from Mozambique spends a day with Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

Congratulations to Raquelina Fernando Langa, Matheus Samsão Muthemba School in Polana Caniço, Maputo, Mozambique who spent a day with the Secretary General in New York.  Read the entire article and see the great pictures

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Beijing+20 Focus this month The Girl Child

Read more on Beijing20 Campaign Girls and Young Women

BW_ChristinaSelby_1_360x170 jpgChristina is a 17-year-old girl living in New York City who is about to graduate from high school. She has been a Girl Advocate for The Working Group on Girls NGO for the past three years and works on the Girls Participation Task Force and Steering Committee. Christina is featured on the webpage.

Did you take the quiz yet?  I got 100%  What did you get?

Beijing+20 Newsletter

UN Women launched Beijing+20 at the Apollo Theater, NY on June 26th.  Beijing+20 is a year long campaign to spark global dialogue and action on women’s rights and gender equality.

WGG girl advocate Diana was also among the celebrities speaking on the importance of girls rights in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.   Diana poses for a photograph with Gloria Steinem, a feminist activist, organizer, writer and lecturer.  Diana

Don’t for get to Participate …. and check out HeforShe  – men raising their voices for change.   More pictures can be seen at Here  Watch for Diana in the green T-shirt with Working Group on Girls logo. 

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Reports focusing on restorative justice and non-violent juvenile justice for children

Flyer Restorative Justice for Children

“This report examines the potential of restorative justice programmes to facilitate conflict resolution and provide appropriate protection to children. This applies to the justice system, whether children are victims, offenders or witnesses, but it also applies in a range of other contexts, including at school, in residential care units, in social welfare settings and in the community. ”   Click here to see the report  Promoting Restorative Justice for Children        A useful resource if you are working with children.

FlyerA Second report launched is entitled ” Creating a Non-Violent Juvenile Justice System” Report 2013.  This report was prepared by The International NGO Council on Violence Against Children.  It is easy to read and a helpful resource, laid out in a very attractive way with a foreword by Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children.  The full report is available here

At last the link to the UN Webcast of WGG ‘Girls Speak Out’

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It makes me happy to share with you the link to the webcast of the WGG ‘Girls Speak Out’ in the UN ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations on October 11th, 2013, the 2nd International Day of the Girl  Access the link here.

The flyer for the event will tell something about the speakers 2013 WGG Girls Speak Out   

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Read some reflections on the experience at http://dayofthegirlsummit.org/

Girls on the Run is so much fun! Join Day 3 of the 11 day events for the International Day of the Girl

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Day 3 of the 11 days of action. See what actions are proposed for today and contribute – Girls on the Run International invite YOU to Help Girls Achieve their Dreams

The Working Group on Girls is co-sponsoring with many other organizations the International Day of the Girl. The highlight for the Working Group on Girls will be ‘Girls Speak Out’ on October 11th. DayoftheGirlSummit.org will live-stream the Girls Speak Out.