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International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

“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

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.


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“On this International Day of the Girl Child, I call on all governments to take action to end all forms of violence against girls in all parts of the world. Together, we must create a world where violence against women and girls is never tolerated and girls are always empowered to reach their full potential.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Did you know October 11 is the day of the girl child?  For 2014, the main focus is on ending violence and empowering girls through education, equal access and basic rights. In 2008, UN Sec Gen Ban Ki-Moon said: “Violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.” Six years later, we are still battling this issue. We need all hands on deck.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

Global Figures Via HalfTheSkyMovement

2014 Theme: Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence This year, as we raise awareness on issues of  Violence against girls and women, and of other forms of Global Injustice, we gather to champion the right of all girls to enjoy equal rights and freedoms, and we celebrate the recognition of Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize. Without all of us playing an equal and productive role in the world, we will all be shortchanged. If we listen to the alarm sounded by a range of UN Agencies, we might learn that 35% of girls/women are victims of violence worldwide.  If we heed the advice of the World Bank, we might learn that by 2015, 64% of girls would remain illiterate unless we act to empower them. I have culled a variety of sources on the subject of girl child rights. The stats are glaring.  Follow the links, read them and then consider where you stand on the subject.

“One of the most effective ways to fight poverty and bolster poor communities is through investing in education, particularly that of girls.” HalfTheSkyMovement

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

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Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly

“The International Day of the Girl Child is an opportunity to step up collective action to break the cycle of violence against girls and women.” Empowering girls today makes for a safer, healthier, more prosperous and sustainable tomorrow. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Why Day of the Girl? According to data gathered from Plan International, UNWomen, WHOUNICEF, UNESCO, and other sources, girls remain the highest % of victims of violence globally. They are still lagging behind in education 30% not enrolled, job opportunities, freedom of speech and movement in countries around the world. When we add other areas such as negative media images, relationship abuse, sex trafficking, rape culture, gender-based violence 150M girls, Child/Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation, we see the huge chasm that must be addressed globally. Gender equity is not a fantasy. We must stop the violence and support all girls in our communities.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

USA Figures via CDC.Gov

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” Bob Marley

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS – Seen on the ceiling of a NYC Subway car

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Signs make us think. Some make us laugh. All have stories to tell. We have a pigeon problem in NYC… Well, it depends on who you ask and where you are. I guess the rats will win hands down. Anyhow, I laughed out loud, one morning, when I hit the subway and noticed people looking up, instead of at their feet. I looked up and that hysterical sign greeted me. It covered the entire length of the ceiling in my subway car. I paused long enough to collect myself, whip out my cheapo camera, and take a few shots. I have one with the people standing so you get the depth of it. I will go back and upload it so this one makes sense. There’s another sign I’d love to share but can’t find it. Sadly, I don’t always label my photo folders properly… C’est la vie! Enjoy

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” Robert H. Schuller

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Challenge: SIGNS  I found this sign in a thrift store!

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS – I found this sign in a thrift store and it spoke to me. Haha!

Signs speak to us in many ways; they inform us, warn us, educate us, mislead us, and even make us laugh. T-shirts with interesting and funny lines are popular in Japan and I guess everywhere else in the world. We took shots of these in a Tokyo store… Love the literal translations. My daughters took even better ones but won’t let me share them. I get it. I speak two other languages and the T-shirts reminded me of when I was learning other languages too. I love them. Come back later for more. Ha!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime

“Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.”  Catherine O’Hara

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Midtown Manhattan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime - in NYC/Rockefeller Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NYC/Rockefeller Center

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime – in NYC/Midtown Manhattan

O wild and wondrous midnight,
There is a might in thee
To make the charmed body
Almost like spirit be,
And give it some faint glimpses
Of immortality.
~James Russell Lowell, Midnight

In every city in the world, night time is magical. Every thing glows…  I love Catherine’s quote because  I do my best work at night. I love the stillness and the way everything that could be a distraction fades away.  At night, I’m in my element; alert and ready to explore the creative realm. Day time has its charm but the night is for those souls who thrive while  everyone else  is ready to settle in for the night and sleep.  I give you NYC during the November/December holiday season… Enjoy!

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NY Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NY Supermoon 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC/Harlem

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Harlem

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime - in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: NightTime – in NYC/ Radio City Hall

When the moon, after covering herself with darkness as in sorrow,
at last throws off the garments of her widowhood,
she does not at once expose herself impudently to the public gaze;
but for a time remains veiled in a transparent cloud,
till she gradually acquires courage to endure
the looks and admiration of beholders.
by Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

What we miss in the day time, shines at night. That is why when I travel, I always take night time shots.  The moon holds sway at night and, like a demanding diva, spreads her wings and shines with confidence. This year, we had a couple of Super-moons and I waited patiently to capture them. What is night without the moon? What is night without the glittering stars or night time holiday lights?
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