Reflections on October 11 – International Day of the Girl (IDG)

IDG 2017 MoniqueOctober 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 GSIJP Office Sponsored one of the 11 days with Twitter Chat on October 8th.   Cecilie prepared a set of question  and then answered them from the @gsijp twitter account.  Here are a few samples Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 3.57.24 PM

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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.

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The Member States of Canada, Turkey and Peru  (displaying their Day of the Girl writs band)

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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.

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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

and a short video show

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More photographs from Yogyakarta

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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 .

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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!

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.