Tuesday, October 2, 2012

10.11.12: Day of the Girl: Changing the Lives of Girls Worldwide through Education

In 2011 "the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to establish OCTOBER 11 as the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD. (The term “girl child” is commonly used abroad to distinguish the unique challenges faced by those under age 18 from those faced by women.)

According to the U.N., this annual girls’ rights day will: help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”  Taken from The Day of the Girl Proclamation Project Toolkit

"Day of the Girl" campaign is a project of the YOUTH ACTIVISM PROJECT and SCHOOL GIRLS UNITE

CLICK HERE for the campaign's "Day of the Girl Proclamation Project Toolkit"

CLICK HERE to read "Gold Medal,"  an amazing story, written by Michael Seifert, SM, about 11-year old Paloma Noyola Martinez of Matamoros, Mexico.

1 comment:

  1. I will discuss the aspect of Structural Violence of sexism and prejudices from pages 113 and 115 from Engage.
    In the blog Day of the Girl, it provides a link that shares a story of a young girl who lives in land dump who was able to win a nation wide gold medal in mathematics. Aside from success the article describes the horrible stench and terrible hazards of the environment she is living in. The author of this story believes that girls of poverty have just as much knowledge as a child with a wealthy background but due to environmental standards it hard to harvest that knowledge instead a young child might be thinking strictly about survival. This story reiterated the idea of structural violence in sexism and classism because youth in these who are able to display their knowledge despite their environmental/social conditions. Often times this population is viewed as the exception. The author challenges us to not label them as an exception or this object of luck. Instead treat their ability to learn, comprehend and succeed like any other child because being poor does not define your intelligence. This distinction between class and also sexism can make it difficult for poor woman to exhibit their abilities.
    As a society, prejudices of the poor and of women are subconsciously embedded into us. Harming the way we treat or view women. Therefore the ultimate goal for Day of the Girl is to provide young girls with opportunities that promote their goals without the prejudices or structural that discourage them.