"On December 19, 2011 the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world." -United Nations
On October 11, 2012, I was eager to celebrate International Day of the Girl as a first year student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. However, I soon realized that the people around me did not know the world was celebrating its first International Day of the Girl. I found this very shocking considering that I attend an all-women's college with successful alumnae like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The youth I've been working with for the past couple of years, all knew about this day - they even knew about it before its formal declaration.
This October 11, 2013, the world will celebrate the second annual International Day of the Girl. Already many girls and their boy allies are planning events to celebrate this day. Events range from screenings of the 10x10 film Girl Rising, to pep rallies in high schools by Girl Up clubs or a simple massive poster campaign on campus educating people about what International Day of the Girl is. Though I attend school in the East Coast, I am still working with my former high school and elementary school to ensure there's events celebrating this day. In school I am teaming up with different campus organizations who are interested in raising awareness for this day.
This year's them is "Innovating for Girls Education."
(click link for more information http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/ )
With Malala Yousafzai at the center of championing girls' rights for education, it is evident that we need to educate young girls all around the world. The majority of global youth are girls. Girls reinvest 90% of their income into their communities. Girls can reach many potential and it is up to us to speak up for girls who do not have a voice.
So this October 11, as yourself, what can you do to celebrate International Day of the Girl?
We're all Latinas here, but we are also Latinitas here. This is our day so, let's be heard!
PS Here are some cool links to get you started. Feel free to contact me via MyLatinitas.