Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Special Day to Celebrate Girls

The United Nations has declared tomorrow – 10/11/12 for you number nerds out there – as the International Day of the Girl Child. Why a special day just for girls? Because girls are awesome. OK, that’s not the OFFICIAL reason, but it is the truth – just ask my five nieces.

The official reason – in UN terms – is to recognize that “empowerment of and investment in girls (and)  the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.”

After all, the world’s girls still have a long way to go before they’re truly equal to their brothers:

So that’s the bad stuff. The good news is that when we change the lives of girls, we can change the lives of whole families, villages and nations. 

Girls have the power to change the world! On the International Day of the Girl, take a minute to tell the girls you know just that.

--Amy Phillips Bursch, Media Relations Manager

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