Today is International Day of the Girl, a day dedicated to celebrating the advances girls have made in our world - and the advances they'll make in the future.
The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing and advancing girls' lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach other people - grownups, boys girls all across the world - a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination and opportunity. Oct. 11 is not just a day but a movement. Oct. 11, 2012 is bigger than one issue, one organization or even one country.
This successful campaign to establish the United Nations International Day of the Girl was led in the US by School Girls Unite, an organization of students and young women leaders determined to advance the UN Millennium Development Goals related to gender equality and universal basic education, and other human rights issues.
Their mission mirrors the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, approved on December 19, 2011:
"To help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls' lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential."
Girls in towns and cities across America are encouraged to participate in the Day of the Girl Proclamation Project. These official declarations will spread awareness about this new girls' rights day that will be celebrated each year on Oct. 11. The nonprofit organization dayofthegirl.org, located in Washington, DC, is eager to help individual girls, schools and community organizations pursue local proclamations as well as other events for Oct. 11, 2012.