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“EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises: The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception.”UN/GirlChild

International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls 2017

International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls 2017

This year, on the International Day of the Girl Child, we are focused on how to ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’. Throughout 2017 we have seen growing conflict, instability and inequality, with 128.6 million people this year expected to need humanitarian assistance due to security threats, climate change and poverty. More than three-quarters of those who have become refugees or who are displaced from their homes, are women and children [1]. Among these, women and girls are among the most vulnerable in times of crisis UN Women statement: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child and it is imperative that we join forces to celebrate our collective effort at ensuring that girls and women are encouraged to contribute equally around the world. This year, the UN theme is EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises. A corresponding theme is Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030. Since the genesis of the first celebration of the Girl Child in 2012, the United Nations Organization and many other organizations have devoted time and resources  to close the gender inequality gap. This day not only celebrates the need to EmPower our daughters, it also brings awareness to other issues that impact the lives of girls/women around the world.

What other issues impact the lives of our 1.1 Billion girls globally? They include issues of access to quality educationprotection from FGM/Female Genital Mutilation, Assistance/Education in crisis areas, an end to child marriages through empowerment,  an end to sex trafficking/ sexual violence against children, access to clean/safe water, eradication of gender based stereotypes, an end to modern day slavery, end to nutrition ill-health and reduction in HIV exposure, protection from all forms of discrimination, legal rights, medical care, and  an end to violence against women.  If you stop to think about the enormous effort that it will take to fully address a single issue listed above, then it becomes apparent that we need maximum involvement in even the most basic/fundamental way; we need all hands on deck.


“Some people say that it is shameful for girls to go to work or go to school. These are old traditions and conventions.” These are the words of Alan and Israa, two Syrian girls

International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls 2017

International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls 2017


Beyonce: Freedom – International Day of the Girl
“Today is # DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join me, Chime for Change, and The Global Goals by taking action for # FreedomForGirls now.” Beyonce

EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises: The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises. UNO/Girlchild

What issues matter to you and your loved ones? Since women and girls represent half the population of the world, issues that affect our gender in other parts of the world, can have a direct impact on our lives. When one set of girls are denied access to opportunities that will empower and embolden them to achieve, we limit our sphere of influence and success.  With girls/women representing 3/4 of the refugees in the world,  over 700+ million with experience of childhood marriages, a high percentage denied schooling, unequal treatment in the job market and the denial of access to other opportunities, we have a lot that we must fight for before, during and after the many crises we experience around the world.

Reading through the data gathered here on this subject, the statistics are sobering. Did you know that 18.6 million women and girls live with HIV today?  Did you know that human trafficking and sexual exploitation is a $99B dollar enterprise and that 96% of the victims are women/girls?  Did you know that 1 in 3 girls/women around the world will experience physical and/or sexual violence – two forms of gender-based violence (GBV) – in her lifetime? If you have a mother, sister, daughter, female friend, this information and so much more ought to outrage you into action. With 1.1 billion girls in the world, we can no longer afford to be casual about these matters. Join IN!

Do you think you know your facts on today’s 1.1 billion girls? Take this quiz to find out. The answers will be at the bottom of the post.
1. Globally, how many women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday? 250M 500M 750M
2. Most women and girls alive today who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation were cut before what age? 5YR 10YR 15YR
3. Who said: “We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”? Emma Watson, Actress/ Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist, Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Liberian activist.
4. Young women in conflict zones are __ percent more likely to be out of secondary school than their counterparts in conflict-free countries? 30%, 60%, 90%
5. Who is Yusra Mardini? Swimmer from Syria who participated in Rio Olympics. Refugee from Syria who with 3 others pushed a dinghy with 18 people to Lesbos to save their lives. BOTH


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“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  – via

International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls

International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls

International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls 2017

International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls 2017

International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) is celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential… Awarenessdays

Female empowerment is not an anomaly and we can all do more.  We can support the various initiatives that  encourage gender equity by educating ourselves and others about the merits of encouraging all our children to receive an education. When girls are included in the conversation of a nation’s prosperity goals, everyone benefits. As a mother, I know that because my daughters were able to go to college and find jobs in their fields of interest, they will contribute their skills to society and be able to make choices freely.   This year, the  UN theme for International Day of the Girl (11 October) is ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’  One of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to support gender equality globally, and we can only achieve that goal if we support programs and demand laws that lift barriers to female empowerment.

How Can we to Support/Celebrate International Day of the Girl Child? We can support equal-pay-for-equal-work in our places of work, and encourage our daughters to venture into fields that were once dominated by males.  Globally, we can support organizations that fight to increase female education and socioeconomic participation, and make a commitment to practice what we preach in our homes.  We can choose to wear blinders or make a concerted commitment to encourage our daughters, sisters, and other females to reach for their dreams. We can do our part by sharing information on data and programs that help build gender equity, that offer opportunities for girls to get an education, and  that help them to become fully vested in participating in building their communities. It is an arduous but not an impossible task. It will take our commitment to reach that goal.  According to the WashingtonExaminer, you can join in by doing these 3 simple things: 1.Snapping a selfie everywhere you believe girls belong. 2. Sharing it on social media with the hashtag #GirlBelongHere and 3. Tagging the women and girls who inspire you What are your thoughts? Did you celebrate International Day Of The Girl Child?  Do share!   Thank you.
READ: We Will Rise: Empowering Girls Education Globally

ANSWERS TO QUIZ: 750, 5YR, MALALA, 90%, BOTH. How did you do?


Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!



For More: Women’s Lives & Issues 

Positive Motivation Tip: Girls can inspire change in each other  and in all of us. Equal opportunity should be a given, not a privilege.  Take a stand. Inspire all.

Additional Resources

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos art on girls via Wikipedia and all other girls via Pixabay


Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet






158 Comments leave one →
  1. AlainaBullock1 permalink
    11/10/2017 7:38 pm

    I love that they have a day for this now! It is so nice to see that more and more attention is being focused on gender inequality facing young girls!

    • Kristal permalink
      07/10/2019 3:39 am

      I love this post. I love that you are trying to empower women and girls to do better and be better

  2. raye permalink
    11/10/2017 8:54 pm

    female empowerment is so important- I’m so excited to see all the media attention its been getting!

  3. Catherine Sargent permalink
    11/10/2017 9:04 pm

    This is my first time learning about International Day of the Girl Child. It is so important for girls to feel empowered and everyone should have equal opportunities.

  4. Pooja Kawatra permalink
    12/10/2017 12:37 am

    I have met few people across the globe who are well educated but still think if a girl attending school or a lady going to the office is not acceptable.

  5. Calleigh Keibler - TheForkBite permalink
    12/10/2017 5:59 am

    I just hope and pray that more people will commit to investing in livelihood activities, education, and skills training for young women around the world who are facing a crises. Let’s remind every girl we encounter that they matter, they are powerful and they’re an integral part of our future.

  6. Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom) permalink
    12/10/2017 6:42 am

    I cannot wait for the day when we do not need “a day” and life is normal for all genders and people.

  7. Joanna permalink
    12/10/2017 6:48 am

    I think that there are too many places on this Earth where women and girls are seen just as housewives and mothers and not given a chance to follow their dreams. There are too many places where women have no rights just because of gender. And I do hope that there will be a time when there will be equality in the world and this kind of campaigns are helping more and more people to open their minds.

  8. theworldthroughascholz permalink
    12/10/2017 7:44 am

    Thank you for sharing this and spreading the awareness. The video was powerful but your words even more so. This needs to be shared. Thank you for being a voice.

  9. lexieanimetravel permalink
    12/10/2017 9:12 am

    Let’s celebrate the international day of girls (child) let us spread the awareness against human trafficking, child abuse, discrimation, and equality. Let us help empower women and girls liberty around the world.

  10. Cooking Recipes Vietnamese permalink
    12/10/2017 9:17 am

    I really like your post and as well as the images. Girls will become Women who are very important in maintaining our societies. Hope the girls who still be cared less than boys in somewhere on this Earth will be protected more and more than recent.

  11. adkinsdomain permalink
    12/10/2017 12:21 pm

    Although gender equality is better in the U.S then it used to be it is still not idea and in many other countries there has still not been improvement. It makes me sad that people would choose boys over girls. Thank for for supporting girls and women

  12. Ithfifi permalink
    12/10/2017 1:45 pm

    Once again another very thought provoking post. I think sometimes we can easily forget how lucky we are and what some poor girls go through, thats why its important we stick together because we are all the same deep down – if that makes sense? Well done on making such valid points for concern and for raising awareness of some of the horrors women and girls have to face daily.

  13. Ana Ojha permalink
    12/10/2017 4:22 pm

    If we want our world to be a better place for everyone, we need to empower our girls and other women’s in our lives! We need to take a stand on gender diversity and equal wages at our workplace! I hope that day comes soon when we don’t have to create awareness in the world about our rights as women or as a human!

  14. Menaka Bharathi permalink
    12/10/2017 4:51 pm

    Women empowerment needs to begin from moms and women around her. I have time and again seen that when women decide upon something they go that xtra mile to accomplish it

  15. Queens of Virtue permalink
    12/10/2017 7:40 pm

    I spent my morning sharing this campaign on my social platforms. I think its so important. I am happy you captured it in a post. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Sian Lifts Weights permalink
    12/10/2017 11:13 pm

    ‘Girls can inspire change in each other and in all of us. Equal opportunity should be a given, not a privilege. Take a stand. Inspire all.’

    such moving and inspiring words, no truer words have been spoken. lets take a stand and make a change

  17. Jenn Pereira permalink
    12/10/2017 11:14 pm

    I am all for women empowerment. I believe women, young and grown should be treated the right way by men and other gender in general. There’s been a lot of crisis of extreme masculinity nowadays that women are taken for granted, abused and disrespected. Be aware and standup for the wrong doings against us. #dayofthegirl

  18. Bhushavali permalink
    13/10/2017 12:35 am

    Beautiful post. I really hope the world becomes a better place for women everywhere and atrocities against women gets over!

  19. Abbigayle @ Her Luxe Travels permalink
    13/10/2017 1:31 am

    18.6 million! That’s incredibly shocking to hear and very sad. I wish more people could raise awareness of this to help these poor children. so so sad

  20. beatsbykd permalink
    13/10/2017 3:59 am

    I love the saying the future is female. I love to see young ladies empowered.

  21. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    13/10/2017 4:10 am

    I love that more and more countries are celebrating this occasion. Social media also plays a great role in spreading the word about this event, and other socially-relevant issues that come with it.

  22. nicoleflintkontrol permalink
    13/10/2017 5:29 am

    Gosh that statistic about 18.6 million girls/women have HIV today! Wow, very sad. It’s so important for us to fight for our girls and women because we are the future! We are just as important as men and we deserve the same treatment!

  23. Mayuri Saxena permalink
    13/10/2017 6:04 am

    International Day of Girl Child is such a great reminder we still need to grow as a society where we give equal opportunities to both genders. It is extremely important to encourage and empower girl child to focus on their dreams. I did celebrate International Day of Girl child because I believe in feminism!

  24. Hunter S. Jones permalink
    13/10/2017 6:49 am

    When I read posts like this blows my mind. We are in the 21st century & still allowing physical, mental & other types of harm to young women. We must work together to make the necessary changes! Gotta share this! xoxo

  25. nadaliebardo permalink
    13/10/2017 8:11 am

    Truly amazing photographs you have here. You’re right, there shouldn’t be any shame in getting an education and being an empowered woman. It saddens me that in some countries, women do not have access to sanitary pads, and must stay home from school when menstruating.

  26. Shubhada Bhide permalink
    13/10/2017 10:50 am

    This is such an interesting post. It’s so nice that we need to encourage our daughters to venture into fields that were once dominated by male. Loving your motivation mondays.

  27. Kids on Tour - Autism without limits permalink
    13/10/2017 11:03 am

    Its great that this day exists. There is so much inequality in the world even today. Im impressed the UN are doing something about it too. Gender inequality is not good at all.

  28. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    13/10/2017 3:05 pm

    There are so many ways in which to help and EmPower girls it is overwhelming where to start. Even though or maybe because of having psycho social issues of my own I want to help always, so I chose one area to concentrate on for the world and then everyday work on empowering my granddaughters. I would like to see poverty, rape culture and pay equality to name a few, absent from their future.

  29. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) permalink
    13/10/2017 3:46 pm

    I read an article today about refugees (mostly women) from Myramar now in Bangladesh camps and their stories brought me to tears. What these women endure is atrocious. Another thing we can do is get out politicians to stop sending our money to these countries unless they change their treatment of women, children, poor, and stop ethnic cleansing.

  30. lavandamichelle permalink
    13/10/2017 5:48 pm

    What an awesome day. I am raising three daughters and I certainly want things to change for women in the meantime. I encourage them to pursue their dreams with all their might. My oldest wants to be brain surgeon. My middle girl wants to cure cancer. My youngest wants to dress up, lol. She wants to be a fashion blogger.

  31. Carol Cassara permalink
    13/10/2017 6:46 pm

    I think it’s an amazing initiative. Girls deserve to reach their dreams without anyone getting in their way. We must empower them and give them the tools and the knowledge that they need. This is such a nice thing to do to help give them a brighter future.

  32. Sreekar Harinatha permalink
    13/10/2017 7:29 pm

    This one surely needed to be celebrated in a big way. I too attended a seminar on the topic and it was quite eye-opening how some parts of the world are not allocating equal opportunities to both the sexes!

  33. Shalama Jackson permalink
    13/10/2017 7:44 pm

    Strong girls are important. Letting them know how important and valuable they are is essential for girls growing into strong women.

  34. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    13/10/2017 8:19 pm

    Your motivation post looks so great. I love those images. it is important to educate ourselves and others about the merits of encouraging all our children to receive an education.

  35. Better Way of Thinking permalink
    13/10/2017 8:28 pm

    I saw this topic first on instagram with a video and I am loving the awareness that is being brought to this matter. Using Beyonce song is a catchy because it will hopefully get others to become more aware and help little girls and women to have freedom and choices.

  36. Adriana Martin permalink
    13/10/2017 9:56 pm

    I am not a feminist and I feel empowerment is given via education and opportunities no matter the gender, race or origin. This world that we are living that promotes division is not conducive to peace. I am a woman and a minority but I feel I have gotten so many opportunities to be successful because of hard work and pursuing my dreams. As well as my family given the chance to have a good education.

  37. Katie permalink
    13/10/2017 10:34 pm

    I love watching my girls grow up and discover their personalities and interests. Girls are such a blessing!

  38. ktmommyscene permalink
    13/10/2017 10:34 pm

    I love watching my girls grow up and discover their personalities and interests. Girls are such a blessing!

  39. Saint Facetious permalink
    14/10/2017 1:36 am

    Having worked in a few developing countries, I find that in poorer economies women are doing almost all the work, but little share of the power, and even culturally have been taught that there’s nothing wrong with that (and in richer economies, just the opposite, more equal share and more equal power). The message of girl empowerment, and women empowerment, is such an important one in the world.

  40. jhilmil permalink
    14/10/2017 1:44 am

    Love this piece, so meaningful and full of thoughts, all to empower a little girl to know her rights, thoughts and to allow her a world of opportunities.

  41. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    14/10/2017 6:06 am

    I like the idea of an day dedicated to recognizing girls around the world. In some cultures, girls are always classified as inferior to boys. I hope this would stop because we are NOT.

  42. Sin Yee permalink
    14/10/2017 8:37 am

    Wow~~ Never know there is a day for girl child! Well, there are still some communities look down on girls. Hope women can fight for their rights!

  43. Corinne and Kirsty permalink
    14/10/2017 9:33 am

    I strongly believe educating girls is the future because it is the only way to really reach equality and this is how the world will get better on all aspect: economic, society, etc. It’s good that we are giving more attention to the issue and have some reminders

  44. 14/10/2017 9:37 am

    World has changed but still there are many places who doesn’t want to change or the change, education or technology hasn’t approached to them. The women should be educated because if they are educated only then the new generation will walk with time.

  45. Shub permalink
    14/10/2017 12:00 pm

    This is such a necessary reminder because on even today the girls face harshest of the circumstances in many counties of the world.

  46. Jin Chu-ferrer permalink
    14/10/2017 1:03 pm

    As always, your posts leave me inspired and thought-provoked. I especially love reading this particular post and it’s important to teach girls at a young age that they really could do anything! I grew up with my parents raising us that girls have limitations, as I get older, I know that is not true but having the mentality instilled in me early has hindered me in my adult decision making.

  47. Nicole Anderson permalink
    14/10/2017 5:04 pm

    A very timely post to remind all of us of the enormous injustices that exist on a massive scale in most parts of the world. Beyonce’s music video is certainly powerful and underscores some pretty shocking statistics. We all need to play a part doing whatever we can to address this terrible situation. Great post to help get the word out there as much as possible.

  48. lucicoo permalink
    14/10/2017 6:59 pm

    We can empower young females by show great example of women like by showing them that they can be successful if they but their mind it and do not let anyone tell them that they can’t.

  49. Chelley Martinka permalink
    14/10/2017 7:57 pm

    It’s all girl here! So important to celebrate and empower each and every day.

  50. rhewimontemayor15 permalink
    14/10/2017 9:24 pm

    What a great article and i love to read this glad you share this good i formation.

  51. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    14/10/2017 9:58 pm

    I’ve marked this on my calendar now – I think it would be a fantastic thing to celebrate every year with my twin girls! Thank you for this post!

  52. Deb B. permalink
    14/10/2017 11:07 pm

    I absolutely love this. I love this day, and I love what it stands for. My Little Mama is so lucky to grow up in an era where empowerment for women is encouraged and celebrated. And not disregarded. I love how you pointed out how all people, young or old, females or males – can do more in supporting this very important reality.

  53. Vlad Vaida permalink
    15/10/2017 12:23 am

    I agree we should support each other as humans no matter what! So disheartening to see what we still have to fight for simple things as equality between humans.:( Great article, thanks for the info, I’ve never really heard of this day, to be honest.

  54. Ruth permalink
    15/10/2017 3:33 am

    This is such a lovely and empowering post! I love girls who are empowered, and you can say that Hermione is my little heroine 🙂

  55. Words of a Texas Nerd permalink
    15/10/2017 7:18 am

    I’ve heard so much about the changes of how girls are treated globally, but it seems to me that we are still so far behind. I’m glad you shared this post and I hope many more see the potential that is wasted when girls are put on the sidelines these days.

  56. aprettypotato permalink
    15/10/2017 7:48 am

    Lots of information and such an important cause, thank you for sharing!

  57. Melanie Poulos Walsh permalink
    15/10/2017 7:50 am

    You’re right about the numbers sounding somber. But the silver lining is if the world’s women work together, we can enact some real change. With the number of national crises the past few months, I think I’ll focus my efforts on these girls and restoring their childhoods as much as possible. Our California wildfires are still raging, and the number of people reported missing is heartbreaking.

  58. Erica permalink
    15/10/2017 7:55 am

    I love the concept of emPOWER girls. The disparity between the genders is such a real world problem. Women in the Western world deal with lower pay and sexual harassment. In other parts of the world, they don’t even have access to education. And we women are really the ones who need to take responsibility for lifting each other up.

  59. kage2015 permalink
    15/10/2017 8:23 am

    Unfortunately I can not control what goes on in other countries. I can help with making the facts known. Until cultural Chang’s which is almost impossible to accomplish some women in some countries will be treated as second class citizens or worse.

  60. toastycritic permalink
    15/10/2017 9:42 am

    Despite interesting child policies, I think there are more than 1.1 Billion women in the world, although I suppose there only may be that amount of girls. And we do need to do what we can to protect them and lift them up.

  61. Adaleta Avdić permalink
    15/10/2017 10:25 am

    This is amazing, I mean girls are awesome and there has been so much amazing discussion and positive posting about international day of the girl and I love it.

  62. Befitting Style permalink
    15/10/2017 11:34 am

    I love international day of the girl & sucks that I just learned about it this year!

  63. fashionenzymes permalink
    15/10/2017 12:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing the tips. Glad i stop by your blog. These are so mandatory in this era.

  64. aeirin permalink
    15/10/2017 2:00 pm

    This is the first time I’ve heard of International Day of the Girl Child. Thanks for sharing and helping to ring awareness to this day.

  65. Tizzy Says permalink
    15/10/2017 3:41 pm

    I like seeing things like this. It is great for our little girls to become involved in things like this so they become positive role models in the future.

  66. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    15/10/2017 4:53 pm

    We as woman should teach our girls that they can do anything that they put their minds too. It should never be a disadvantage just being a woman. I think it is awesome that this year the UN chose the theme EmPower Girls. Thanks for sharing the information.

  67. Aditi permalink
    15/10/2017 5:21 pm

    Empowering girls all over the world is of so much importance right now. They are the roots of a family and hence the society in my opinion and if they are well empowered we all can see a huge change for betterment in our daily lives. Loved this post.

  68. jajwalyark permalink
    15/10/2017 5:50 pm

    Stories like that of Yusra Mardini matter so much. Thank you for enlightening us with all these great stories and figures. The more you know, the more empowered you feel to empower them!

  69. 15/10/2017 6:17 pm

    YAY, yay, yay! I really really appreciate what you are bringing to light today. I love speaking truth and love into women/girls, especially those who have been oppressed or who have experienced extreme trauma in their lives. Girls of all color are beautiful and priceless.

  70. Utminh permalink
    15/10/2017 7:13 pm

    International Day of the Child Girl, a meaningful day. In our place it is not so important, I want it to be a big day to show the equality of the girls.

  71. uprunforlife permalink
    15/10/2017 7:20 pm

    I love that women are uniting across the globe to inspire and motivate each other. Even though times have changed, we should stand up for things that we believe in.

  72. The Chocolate Mommy permalink
    15/10/2017 7:58 pm

    I remember meeting a freed sex slave in New York that had been trafficked there from Ukraine. Even after everything she had gone through she was kind, strong and determined to help others escape that life.

  73. Marcie permalink
    15/10/2017 8:09 pm

    Thank you for highlighting such an important day!

  74. Dreaming Loud permalink
    15/10/2017 9:12 pm

    It’s wonderful to know that there is a day to celebrate girl child. Being born in India where a girl child was treated as a burden in some areas. I have seen and been a part of initiatives where they go to rural areas and educate women and families to send their girl child to school. Education makes a lot of difference. I appreciate you spreading this message to empower women and girls

  75. Medha Verma permalink
    15/10/2017 9:29 pm

    I actually did horrible at the quiz, but it has been such an informative read, I’m glad I came across this post, thanks for sharing!

  76. supermillennial permalink
    15/10/2017 9:43 pm

    Lot of information I wasn’t aware of — very insightful post!

  77. Sondra Barker permalink
    15/10/2017 9:47 pm

    Preach it! We all need to step up in the battle of women’s empowerment.

    Sondra xx

  78. mariamagdalenahusain (@momanddiy) permalink
    15/10/2017 10:05 pm

    I like that there is a day that reminds us to empower the girls. However, in the most country in the world, girls still be the number two after men.

  79. Cassandra Rose permalink
    15/10/2017 10:55 pm

    I teach at an all-girls school and stress why it’s important to share your voice and take a stand to my students. I want them to graduate feeling empowered and understanding why they need to speak up for others who don’t have the same opportunities as them.

  80. thediystyle permalink
    16/10/2017 12:03 am

    More for girlpower! We have a long way to go. I do blog about feminism because it is close to my hear so please check it out when you have time.

  81. Frank permalink
    16/10/2017 1:52 am

    Awesome pictures and thats true girls are not nothing, they have something special on them :))

  82. munniofalltrades permalink
    16/10/2017 2:01 am

    I work for a non profit working on women empowerment and we recently did a program for young girls celebrating their love for education, their zeal to succeed and encouraging them to dream bigger and better. They will love reading this article. 🙂

  83. rochkirstin permalink
    16/10/2017 4:50 am

    I didn’t really see the point of having women not go to school in the older days. Gender-based violence should be put down. Any form of violence should not exist actually.

  84. Hellocuppies permalink
    16/10/2017 5:08 am

    These photographs are incredibly moving and your words create such powerful content. It makes me sad that there are so many women and girls who don’t get the same opportunities and chances as others. I often wonder what it must be like for them, how do they keep motivated, when will things change!

  85. Dena Scroggins permalink
    16/10/2017 5:26 am

    I think it’s so important to bring attention to this travesty, so thank you helping to bring attention to it.

  86. Blair Villanueva permalink
    16/10/2017 5:55 am

    Thanks for sharing these info about international day of the girl and I like this advocacy.
    Is there also an international day of the boy?

  87. 16/10/2017 5:59 am

    I didn’t celebrate, I would have but I never knew there was a day dedicated to it. But I guess I celebrate everyday when I raise my 3 daughters to know they can be and do anything that their brother or father can do. And just because a girl hasn’t done it yet doesn’t mean they shouldn’t.

  88. Annette Dattilo permalink
    16/10/2017 6:47 am

    These statistics are absolutely heartbreaking and mind blowing. My heart hurts for these girls and women. I pray that changes are happening.

  89. Andrea R Warren (@WaldorfFries) permalink
    16/10/2017 7:39 am

    I love the idea of International Girl Day! Empowering our girls is so very important especially in countries where women are not given any power

  90. Zulema Nall permalink
    16/10/2017 10:10 am

    Very inspirational post very informative thanks for posting

  91. Courtney Blacher permalink
    16/10/2017 10:29 am

    If we all come together and empower one another, this world would be a much better place for girls.

  92. RonRon permalink
    16/10/2017 10:41 am

    Never knew that this kind of day or event exist, thanks to your post! This is amazing indeed!

  93. Chelsea Elizabeth permalink
    16/10/2017 11:52 am

    I love this post and everything it stands for! Equal pay within the workplace is so important. I’ve never understood why some people are paid differently for doing exactly the same work load. It’s ageist, sexist and unethical in my eyes

  94. Mia Alviz permalink
    16/10/2017 12:23 pm

    I love, love, and absolutely love this post! Well done, thank you very much for your work, thanks for writing about women! Worthy and quality content, keep on!

  95. dawnwairimu permalink
    16/10/2017 2:23 pm

    yes to empowering kids! thanks for bringing awareness to this!!

  96. nbosken permalink
    16/10/2017 3:50 pm

    When girls succeed, the community is always better. Those numbers for child marriage are quite staggering. I’m glad this day exists to raise awareness.

  97. permalink
    16/10/2017 3:56 pm

    Just the other day I was telling my husband how i wanted to support girls in certain areas by giving them menstrual pads. He didn’t realized that because of their periods they could miss a lot of school and thus being under educated. This is isn’t their fault and even thought there are other issues I wish i could do more, even if it is just finding a way to get them that help.

  98. Victoria B. permalink
    16/10/2017 4:47 pm

    It’s devastating to read about how many girls get married before 18. We need to continue advocating for education for girls and women everywhere.

  99. jmanandmillerbug permalink
    16/10/2017 4:47 pm

    For some reason I didn’t even realize that I missed national Day of girl child! I think that we should definitely support girls in whatever it is they want to do. This is a wonderful idea and that puts reminder in the forefront of her mind to leader girls in the wheeze didn’t want to go.

  100. DrKLeeBanks permalink
    16/10/2017 5:37 pm

    No, I didn’t celebrate the day because I didn’t realize when it was! I have to say I’ve been impressed with Malala ever since I heard her story following the attack that nearly killed her. The way she fought back against the odds, recovered, and continues to fearlessly advance the idea of education for all females is truly inspiring–especially since I’ve had the opportunity to advance to a doctorate myself as a 59-year-old woman!

  101. waitingforrain28 permalink
    16/10/2017 6:31 pm

    This is a lovely post. Empowering women is extremely important for the world. Not only for the girls but for their communities and families.

  102. Courtney Andrews permalink
    16/10/2017 7:19 pm

    I just finished a book called “Lean In” and it is primarily about women in the workplace and fighting for equal pay. Unfortunately the gender gap is still a thing that exists but hopefully we women can overcome it!

  103. Agnes permalink
    16/10/2017 7:21 pm

    Seeing all these pictures of the girls warms my heart. I will definitely support anything that helps with women empowerment as it is much needed.

  104. Queen Thrifty permalink
    16/10/2017 8:29 pm

    A very powerful day I use to celebrate with my Girl Scouts. We had fun-filled day of activities.

  105. Cherie Julie permalink
    16/10/2017 10:02 pm

    It is great to see people writing about this and embracing such days to celebrate. I enjoyed your article and the photography. Thank you for sharing.

  106. thenafranssen permalink
    16/10/2017 10:34 pm

    Love this, we start with encouraging our children first!

  107. Rosey permalink
    17/10/2017 1:29 am

    It’s awesome that you’re so deliberate with your wording here. Unequal treatment of women anywhere, is an affront to women everywhere.

  108. Jasmine Watts permalink
    17/10/2017 9:38 am

    This is such an inspiration to all the girls/women out there. It’s really good to spread the awareness and make sure that each one of us is confident.

  109. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    17/10/2017 3:36 pm

    It saddens me what many young women and girls are subjected to all the time. It is disgraceful that the clothes that they wear become an invitation for people to treat them bad or that FGM very much still exists. Its not ok and we need to empower our girls to have the strength to speak out x

  110. Stargazer Writes permalink
    17/10/2017 7:58 pm

    Even in modern times, sexism is still prevalent. It is nice to see people promote empowerment for women.

  111. Mommy Pehpot permalink
    18/10/2017 5:47 am

    I did not know that there is a thing like this but knowing about, I am glad I did.

    Happy International Day of the Girl!

  112. shubhadabhide permalink
    18/10/2017 6:56 am

    A lot needs to be done in this field. There are lots of crimes and atrocities happening against them. Education, Self-defense and parents support can do wonders.

  113. MomTraNeur permalink
    19/10/2017 1:20 am

    I came from a family of mostly girls and growing up with them, I can see that girls / young women are really such a powerful force to reckon with. Girls, from young age, should be guided, taught and inspired well so they grow up to be an inspiration to the next younger generation.

  114. Via Bella permalink
    19/10/2017 9:50 am

    I love that you touched on some very harsh realities the girls face around the world including but not limited to female mutilation, equal access, etc. It’s sad we have to still address these in 2017.

  115. Jake Ferrer permalink
    21/10/2017 6:32 am

    Old traditions will always be traditions. And that’s sadness in the part of the women. Most can’t practice their rights.

  116. Tiffany Yong permalink
    21/10/2017 10:56 am

    My heart still hurts reading news about how girls from third world country having lesser rights and lesser privileges for just being a girl. Hopefully, with more people standing up, this cause can be noticed!

  117. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    18/11/2017 1:52 pm

    18.6 million women and girls with HIV? 🙁 I didn’t know that and the stat has really affected me. Thanks for bringing some light to this horrible truth.

  118. Emily Fata permalink
    20/01/2018 6:50 am

    I love this post, and I too, think it’s so crucial to empower young girls. In doing so, we are building up a stronger generation of future leaders, social justice warriors, and friends.

  119. hillcitybride permalink
    23/03/2018 12:08 pm

    I never knew there was such a day as this! I love the premise of it – starting girls young. What a great platform!

  120. Calvin permalink
    11/08/2018 1:06 pm

    powerful, meaningful. good to spread awareness. It’s sad the statistic that is

  121. SONYA permalink
    05/10/2019 8:35 am

    Women Empowerment is such a great way of taking things forward and making the world a better place.

  122. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    05/10/2019 1:58 pm

    Empowering girls around the world is one of the most important tasks we could ever accomplish. I so much support the organizations who do it.

  123. Rhonda Albom permalink
    05/10/2019 11:46 pm

    I am always saddened by the despair girls and women must feel around the world from the horrendous conditions they must endure. The International Day of the Girl Child is a great way to alert others to their plight.

  124. SHADRACK BIWOT permalink
    06/10/2019 12:55 am

    girls really go through a harsh kind of environment around the world. thanks for sharing this

  125. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    06/10/2019 3:45 am

    All in to the International Day of the Girl, girls are so blessed that they have so much love and caring from so many more people than before.

  126. Mudpiefridays permalink
    06/10/2019 5:09 am

    I never thought that we celebrating International Day of Girl Child. This only shows the imporatnce of women empowerment. And glad that there are more and more people raising awareness about this.

  127. toastycritic permalink
    06/10/2019 6:08 am

    I definitely think we need to promote more places around the globe making a world more hospitable for girls and women, putting them on an equal footing with men. Unfortunately, many places have systems of corruption and systemic sexism which are hard to break right now because they have religious components or historical problems. And war torn countries have issues promoting that as well unfortunately. We do need to do what we can though.

  128. Sushmita Malakar (@sushmitamalakar) permalink
    06/10/2019 7:11 pm

    It is every citizen and every human’s responsibility to save and empower a girl child. We have been supressed enough. I too come from a society where it’s a shame for a girl to ‘learn too much’. I am glad my parents thought differently. But not every girl is that lucky. Thankful to you for sharing such a post to raise awareness.

  129. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    06/10/2019 8:00 pm

    I didn’t know there was an international girl child day. It’s so sad not all girls have the same opportunities. We need to change it x


  130. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    07/10/2019 4:03 am

    Oh lots of information and this is so important. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  131. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say permalink
    07/10/2019 4:49 am

    Yes, little girls have to be protected and they should be sheltered from now… not because they are dainty and weak, but because the society is oppressive of women and this mistreatment begins early on in a woman’s life.

  132. Fae Celine permalink
    07/10/2019 3:16 pm

    Empowering women is really important. I love the awareness of this topic

  133. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    07/10/2019 3:51 pm

    Yay! Go girls <3

  134. Alexis permalink
    07/10/2019 4:05 pm

    I didn’t know this was a “day”. Thank you for educating me on this subject and that so many girls still don’t have equal opportunity throughout the world.

  135. amayszingblogs permalink
    07/10/2019 4:08 pm

    I really love this advocacy. All women deserves huge respect and love for me there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.

  136. Olya Amanova permalink
    08/10/2019 12:33 am

    I love to come back to your articles. This one in particular. It is such an inspiration for every girl. Thank you for recognizing the day. Baby girl history in some countries was a horror story, and still can be so in some places.

  137. WritesandBlogs permalink
    08/10/2019 9:17 am

    Loved reading your article. I too strongly recommend and agree on girl power and the attention and care that are needed for girls, be it in any part of the world.

  138. Erik the Hungry Traveller permalink
    08/10/2019 5:14 pm

    I always love the positivity i feel when i read your posts. I believe we all need to uplift one another and just let go of the hate.

  139. Samar permalink
    08/10/2019 5:57 pm

    Girls are 50% of the total population, still sad to see, that girls need a special day to remind us all.

  140. Gervin Khan permalink
    09/10/2019 12:31 am

    This is such a beautiful post and it is so inspiring! I am happy that right now young girls are given an importance attention like this and if we continue helping them I am sure they will have a brighter future.

  141. Danielle permalink
    09/10/2019 3:22 pm

    I didn’t even know that this was a day! It seems like a really powerful day though that I could get behind.

  142. renee permalink
    02/10/2021 7:44 am

    I can’t wait to share this with my daughter!!

  143. bye:myself permalink
    03/10/2021 7:59 am

    Being the mother of a daughter, I couldn’t agree more. We think we came so far when it comes to equality, however, there is still such a long way to go.

  144. Talya Stone permalink
    04/10/2021 11:50 pm

    Yes to this! It is our duty to lift girls up and provide opportunity for girls all around the world. We still have a long way to go globally.

  145. Stephanie permalink
    05/10/2021 3:09 am

    It’s so important to recognize the differences between how boys and girls are treated. I have two young boys, but I am trying to raise them to know that girls are their equals in every aspect. I may not be able to do a whole lot, but that’s what I can do right now.

  146. aisasami permalink
    05/10/2021 6:03 am

    Such an important day to remember and to take action for the girls of the world. They are still limited by so much out there, we need to change that!

  147. Matt Taylor permalink
    05/10/2021 6:42 am

    Should be an International year of the girl, not just a day! But glad they have at least that. Sobering statistics indeed. If we all did a little better the world would be much better off and those stats would positively go down, helping so many girls.

  148. Blair Villanueva permalink
    05/10/2021 10:07 pm

    This is very important, to teach our girls (and boys!) about empowerment and how to use it in ways that will benefit them and not harm others. All of these starts at home.

  149. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    06/10/2021 7:19 pm

    I had a good read here, thanks for sharing this awareness and inspiring stories always

  150. Jasmine Martin permalink
    08/10/2021 5:05 pm

    This is such a great day to celebrate girls and uplift them. It’s important to encourage them and help them to believe that they can do anything as well as be anything they want to be.

  151. Stephanie permalink
    09/10/2021 5:23 am

    These girls need our help so much! It’s so sad to think of how far behind they are in some places, just because they are girls.

  152. amalateesside permalink
    09/10/2021 6:41 am

    Never heard of this before! Interesting read 🙂 Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading about it.

  153. permalink
    09/10/2021 7:21 pm

    Who run the girl? Girls girls!!! Yazz to women empowerment!!

  154. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    10/10/2021 4:02 am

    I didn’t know we have such a day but it sounds like a must. Girls have so much potential and we have to do everything in our power to make their better

  155. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    11/10/2021 7:03 am

    I wish I had someone who empowered me when I was younger. I do it so much now for my stepdaughter she probably gets annoyed hearing it, but its true.


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