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07/10/2019
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“We have to make sure that we do not betray the struggles of the women who brought us this far and the future of those who are dependent on us today and tomorrow.” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General UN & Executive Director of UN Women

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl


International Day of the Girl Child #DayoftheGirl #GenerationEquality

The empowerment of and investment in girls, which are critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community… Excerpt of UN Resolution 66/170 on International Day of the Girl, 2011.

 

Motivation Mondays:- International Day of the Girl 2019 – GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable #dayofthegirl – How do girls become unscripted and unstoppable?  Education, empowerment, and encouragement through seeing examples of other girls achieving their goals are imperative markers for success. We cannot continue to pay lip service to the idea of gender equality because the responsibility falls on all of us. We must make daily decisions that promote equity for all.  Since 2011, when the International Day of Girls initiative was a project of Plan International, the goal was to create a massive movement that addressed key areas of concern affecting girls globally. Plan International led a global effort to build a coalition for the idea, gained the support of the Canadian government, and Day of the Girl was subsequently proposed and passed as a UN resolution on December 19, 2011. Every year, a carefully selected theme has helped organizers bring attention to areas of great need in the lives of girls and women globally.

The theme for the inaugural year of 2012 was Ending Child Marriage and that campaign remains on the forefront as some nations continue the practice while others are making an effort to end it. Subsequent themes have been 2013 -Innovating for Girls’ Education, 2014 – Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence, 2015 – The Power of Adolescent Girls: Vision for 2030, 2016 – Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls, 2017 – EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises, and 2018 – With Her: A Skilled Girl Force. This year, according to UNICEF, under the theme,“GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable”, International Day of the Girl will celebrate achievements by, with and for girls since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and passage of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. What does all this mean?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a treaty that defines the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children under the age of eighteen.  Created in 1989, it was ratified and accepted by 196  member nations in 1990. Member nations are bound by International law to work in the bthe participatione child. In recent years, the CRC has highlighted the need to restrict the  participation of children in military conflicts and children in prostitution/pornography as critical areas of concern and 160 nations accepted the resolution to sanction perpetrators and put an end to those issues.

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was a World Conference, held almost 25 years ago, that brought 30,000 women from 200 countries together to create a blueprint of action for women and girls human rights. It gave leaders and female advocates the impetus to speak up about issues of inequity and female repression and has continued to force changes in member nations.  With 2020 around the corner, the global community plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration by pushing for greater commitments to achieve the goals of its action platform by 2030. What does the Platform for Action demand? Read the next segment below

READ:- UNICEFInternational Day of the Girl 2019 “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable”
UNO – International Day of the Girl Child. 11 October
UNICEF – Gender Equality:International Day of the Girl 2019

 

“As we come together to celebrate our progress, let’s work to reinforce girls’ rights to a safe childhood, to decide for themselves, and to education and skills – in short, their right to the future they want.” UNICEF

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl


Young girls force-fed for marriage in Mauritania | Unreported World

Motivation Mondays:- International Day of the Girl 2019 – GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable:  What does the Platform for Action demand? The platform pinpoints 9 key areas where discrimination, exploitation, and exclusion of girls remain high. For girls to truly become unscripted and unstoppable, we need checks and balances to ensure that member nations work in concert with organizations and communities to equip girls with the power, knowledge, and space to grow and succeed. The work begins at home, in our schools, our workplace and our interactions with each other. If we discourage our daughters from aiming higher, downplay their abuse or academic pursuits or disregard the promotion of competent females in the workplace, we are part of the problem. To be solution-oriented means to be actively engaged in wanting better for all girls. Do we want great things for our sons? Of course, we should be motivated to want the best for every child, and gender equality should be the ultimate goal for all.

The Platform for Action specifically calls on the global community to:
1. Eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls
2. Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.
3. Promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and
potential.
4. Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development, and training.
5. Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.
6. Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labor and protect young girls at work.
7. Eradicate violence against girls.
8. Promote girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life.
9. Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of girls

Even though the efforts that came out of the Beijing Declaration have been effective, there is still work to do. Girls in restrictive nations, rural areas or humanitarian settings, and those with disabilities need our collective help us to reach and achieve their full potential.

READ:- International Day of the Girl Child: EmPOWER Girls
We Will Rise: Empowering Girls Education Globally
International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUL–AUG 2019 are:

SEPT

09/01   –  College Colors Day, 02 Labor Day, 07 Read a Book Day
09/08  –   08 Grandparents Day, Int’l Literacy Day, 10 Suicide Prevention Day, 11 Patriot Day
09/15 –    15 Batman Day, 18 Aids and Aging Awareness Day, 21 Int’l Day of Peace
09/22   –  22  Emmy Awards, 23 Start of Fall, 25 Comic Book Day, 28 Int’l Day for Universal Info Access
09/29 –    29 Start of Rosh Hashanah, National Coffee Day,  30 Int’l Podcast and Translation Day

 

OCT

10/01End of Roshashana, Nigeria Independence Day, 05 World Teacher Day
10/06  –  World Communion Day. 11 International Day of the Girl
10/13 –    14 Columbus Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, 16 World Food Day
10/20   –  24 United Nations Day, National Food Day,
10/27 –    28 National Chocolate Day, 31 Halloween

 

 

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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

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl

Motivation Mondays:- GirlForce: Unscripted & Unstoppable #dayofthegirl


Just a Kid | UNICEF
Motivation Mondays:- International Day of the Girl 2019 – GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable:  Did you know that 2.5 billion women and girls on the planet today are affected by discriminatory laws and lack any legal protection? Even with international laws and member nations signing off on resolutions and policies, in many countries, traditional and archaic beliefs hold women and girls hostage to worn out standards  and interfere in their ability to progress; as much as 75 percent of the rights of women and girls are not protected by law. Yet kids around the world break barriers reminding us that we should not be limited by our gender and when we open doors for all, everyone benefits.

How Can we to Support/Celebrate International Day of the Girl Child? Every year, we talk about these issues and make basic recommendations on how we can get involved in our communities. The fact is that it all begins in our homes, minds, and hearts. We can choose to educate ourselves on the issues, 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.

READ:- October 11: Day of the Girl
Plan International: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL
For Nigerian girls, education is the key that opens doors to progress By Nnenna Agba

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Positive Motivation Tip:  Equality for all means acting on it at all times. Be vigilant

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 08/10/2019 5:27 am

    Life gets so busy and I fail to visit blogs the way I used to. But every time I make the time to stop by your blog, Elizabeth, I realize how much I am missing by not coming here. THANK YOU for this post! International Day of the Girl on October 11 is definitely something to shout out about and I’m grateful for your heads up. We are all working to inspire girls (and boys) to believe in themselves, follow their dreams, and build them into reality.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      08/10/2019 7:04 am

      It’s always a joy to hear from you. Yes, life has been very hectic on this side too with lots fo family matters to handle. Thank you for checking in and wishing you tons of great things for this special day and beyond. 🙂

  2. 08/10/2019 8:27 am

    This post is so important because the issues highlighted here are so horrific that they can never be exposed to the light of day enough. Bring on October 11th and all power to people like you who raise its profile !!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      08/10/2019 10:13 am

      Thank you dear one. I concur that some of the issues are terrible. Much has been gained and much still needs to change. Always a joy chatting with you. 🙂

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