Today, Oct. 11, is not just another day. According to www.dayofthegirl.org, it’s a movement, and it’s called International Day of the Girl.
On International Day of the Girl, we celebrate the potential of every young woman to be a powerful voice in her community. The mission is to to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.
Locally, the Osceola County Commission adopted a proclamation at a recent meeting to also declare Friday as Day of the Girl in Osceola County.
“The Day of the Girl campaign calls on communities across the globe to recognize that girls worldwide face many injustices such as discrimination, gender stereotypes, child marriage and lack of education; and empowers girls to fight for their rights,” the proclamation reads.
“Osceola joins all organizations, including G.E.M.S. GIRLZ Mentoring and Leadership Program, in support of increasing girls’ participation in sports, science and math-related activities, resulting in an improved high school graduation rate, while providing equal opportunities for all girls by speaking out against gender-based injustices, celebrating all girls’ potential, and encouraging all girls to pursue their dreams.”
Part of the national movement is “In Solidarity”, a campaign developed to address sexual assault and harassment within schools. The campaign aims to provide young girls with the opportunity to address these issues within their schools and approach their administration and faculty in order to work to create a safe environment in the schools.
The national movement, Day of the Girl-US, is looking for youth volunteers across the country. Information is available at www.dayofthegirl.org/joinus.