Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today October 11 is the International Day of the Girl!

Why would we need an International Day of the Girl?

Watch this 30 second video for the answer to that.

The reality of life as a girl, especially in the developing world, it one of exploitation and abuse. Poverty has a far greater impact on girls and women then on boys and men as does sexual exploitation and trafficking. The campaign to raise awareness of the challenges facing girls started in Canada with a Because I am a Girl campaign and has become international when the United Nations decided to declare October 11 International Day of the Girl

Of course this not just about a day - This may be a day to raise awareness of the issues but hopefully after today we will all take a little time to explore the web sites, read the social media and watch the videos that have been created to inform and inspire us to take action.

The best thing you can do is share information. 

Post this blog on your Facebook page, visit the links above and share them,  like their Facebook pages and follow them on twitter - create a viral movement to raise awareness and create a buzz.

Visit Let's Inspire 1,000,000 people to speakOUT for Gender Equality and share and like the page - and like some of the posts and links.

That's all you need to do to speakOUT  for gender equality - simply amplify the message - add your comments read posts, watch videos and inform yourself about the issues.

Today its about Girls - tomorrow it will be another gender equality issue. But above all its time for Gender Equality to become a reality - for everyone to be treated fairly irrespective of gender, whether that is male or female OR some other gender that may be neither or a bit of both.

Finally have a quick look at this short video produce by a group of university students to challenge the way self esteem is undermined for girls as part of the and Dove Self Esteem Fund project

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