#LikeAGirl… it is a phrase that for so long has been used negatively towards males and females… you run like a girl, you throw like a girl… you scream like a girl, all attempting to degrade women as weaker and of lesser ability.
But two years ago the United Nations began an initiative to empower women to fight for their rights, believe in their dreams and be part of their society #LikeAGirl!
“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”
-United Nations Resolution 66/170
Today October 11 was declared International Day of the Girl to raise awareness about all the issues concerning gender equality around the world. Activist all around the world come together to highlight, discuss and take action to advance the rights and opportunities of girls everywhere. The day recognises the challenges faced by unique girls around the world and celebrates the achievements over the past year.
The mission is simple” “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”
The 2014 theme is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the cycle of violence: ringing powerful in light of the recent events that have come to the attention of the international community. Sexual assault, genital mutilation and physical assault are all too common, with 1 in 4 girls aged 15-19 being victims of violence during their lifetime. (http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/)
While there are millions of reasons for Day of the Girl, the official website has listed a dozen powerful statistics that prove the relevance of Feminism if contemporary society: http://dayofthegirl.org/about/why/
Young girls grow into women- women who should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams and have the same basic rights as their male counterparts. October 11 is about inspiring the next generation to discuss and band together for gender inequality.
October 11 is not just a day for many; it’s a movement.
A movement that supports the ideals of feminism- equality, empowerment, encouragement.