Thursday, October 11, 2012

International Day of The Girl

Happy International Day of the Girl!

I love living in Maryland. Try not to be jealous that your governor isn't cool enough to sign this proclamation.

Recognition by the United Nations and the State of Maryland of International Day of the Girl is the culmination of efforts by the group School Girls Unite. SGU was founded in 2004 by a group of middle school girls in America who came to understand how fortunate they were compared to most girls their age in the developing world. The girls worked hard to fight against the lack of educational access and child marriage in the developing world, and particularly in Mali. As part of their campaign to raise money and awareness, they lobbied the UN to establish this, the first International Day of the Girl to promote
that empowerment of and investment in girls, which are critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals,including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as 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, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the activesupport and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community...

Their families must be so proud of them! Today's $5 is goes to School Girls Unite. I hope my daughter grows up to be as strong an advocate as these girls.

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