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Why Is It Important to Celebrate Girls?

Why Is It Important to Celebrate Girls?

As we know all too well, teenage girls today face their own set of issues they must overcome. The statistics surrounding those problems are astounding, and something that will give any teacher or parent of a girl pause:

These are just statistics in the United States. Worldwide, girls face issues such as child marriage, discrimination, lack of access to education, gender stereotyping, and much more. Because of this, the United Nations has created Day of the Girl, a day to raise awareness for the unique issues girls face around the world, and to celebrate girls on their quest to equality. The first annual Day of the Girl will be held on October 11, 2012.

The United Nations decided to create this day around the world because the problems that girls face are uniquely different from the problems adult women face. While many of the issues women see with our society stem from the issues they faced as girls, eradicating these problems when girls are young can lead to women enjoying privileges that are more equal to their male counterparts.

In my school, my girls’ group has spent a great deal of time working to create events for this Thursday’s Day of the Girl celebrations. Using the toolkit provided on DayoftheGirl.org, we’ve created a proclamation that we hope to have an official read at a city council meeting in the near future. My students have also spent a great deal of time writing a lesson plan for teachers to use in their classrooms to make everyone aware of Day of the Girl and gender equality issues our students face throughout their years in high school. On top of that, our administrators will read an announcement during our first period of class so the whole school knows that it is the first annual Day of the Girl and what that means. Although this is a great start, hopefully next year we can do even more.

When I first introduced Day of the Girl to my students and asked them if they wanted to help put some activities together, one of the girls said, “We only get a day? Shouldn’t girls get a whole month or more?” While I had to agree with her — and, in fact, state that, in a perfect and equal world, we shouldn’t have to have a day or a month at all — I do appreciate that the United Nations has created Day of the Girl to begin to raise awareness and start to fix some of the issues young girls face in their lives. The pressure they experience is immense, and these activities are a step in the right direction for girls everywhere.

For more information, visit DayoftheGirl.org or follow them on twitter @DayoftheGirl.

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8:17AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Thank you.

6:58AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Celebrate humanity and our diversity!

8:36AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

women are unique and passionate and amazing. we are making progress, but we have a long way to go

10:06AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Maybe we need to have more time to celebrate both boys and girls. Our kids are having their childhoods stolen from them. Quit treating any child as a mini-adult. Boys have many of the same problems as girls.

BTW I don't appreciate your pre-checking the Share my comment on Facebook option. If I wanted to share it I would have checked it.

11:18PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

It's important to celebrate girls because they will become mothers and wives someday. and what a woman does as a mother and a wife is just as important and equal to what a man does in this world. "The hand that rocks the craddle leads the world." Sometimes in history, women have felt like since the work they do goes unpaid, it's recognized as unproductive. But in fact for the sake of civiliation and the structure of the family as it's foundation a woman has a vital role. more important than any high paying job she can ever have. So if you're a woman who is a house wife and full time mother don't ask yourself " Is this it?" Just remmeber what you are doing is important and someone has to do it, and who else better than a woman?

10:48PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Simply WHY NOT celebrate ***Children*** WITHOUT the division. Boys girls they all get it in the neck in so many ways. To singularly celebrate girls over boys is sexist & it's about time you ladies woke up as YOUR sons are floundering.

11:26AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

I LOVE being a strong woman! I didn't come by it easily however! I had to learn, in the face of adversity, especially in the workplace, to be strong and stick with my principals. There were and are so many men in the workplace who fear strong women!

To Dan O - you are a new member, who needs to have some respect!
Gene J does not have a weak or sexist bone in his body! He is one of the finest gentlemen I've ever met and every day he astounds me with his heartfelt and VERY accurate ideas. There is nobody who fights harder for the rights of women AND men than Gene J!

11:17AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Holly L - CONGRATULATIONS! How wonderful! Another exquisite girl being born into this world. All the MORE reason to fight like hell for Women's Rights.

everyone: Here is a link to an important website/petition. Sorry if you've seen it already on other threads but it is SO important. Check it out and forward it to everyone - male & female - you know!

http://www.drawtheline.org/sign-now/

11:06AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

While i can appreciate what are saying Ardis and where you are coming from i have to say girls have it soooo much harder than boys when they are growing up in some respects yet boys have it harder than girls in other respects (like being expected to NOT have feelings "boys dont cry etc) both boys and girls have it hard growing up the main difference is that the same will be expected of BOTH when they are adulty however only the boys/men will get ALL of the perks where as girls/women will be expected to take less money for the same job or to give up their rights to their bodies they will be objectified its hard on both boys and girls growing up but once grown women get less everything less respect less rights less pay i dont have the answeres wish i did parents raise your daughters to be strong ans out spoken and confident

10:35AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

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