On December 19, 2011 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing October 11 as the International Day of the Girl (IDG).
Today we have about 1.1 billion girls on this planet. So let’s take a moment to recognize some statistics:
- Every ten minutes a girl dies from physical violence
- There are roughly 130 million girls between the ages of 6 and 17 who are not in school
- Annually 15 million girls marry before their 18th birthday
- More than 70 percent of humans who are trafficked are girls
This year’s effort for IDG is focusing on girls who are experiencing crises like natural disasters or conflicts, and the statistics are even more dismal. During times of crises girls are 90 percent more likely to NOT go back to school and will also experience sexual and/or physical violence.
If these kinds of stats don’t make your stomach turn then I don’t know what will. That’s why we must do more than acknowledge these heinous numbers. We have to step up.
So what can we do? I mean, really. What can we do?
Start local: get with every single girl you know and show them love. Help them to see and realize their power. Let them know they are valued and worthy. They have so much to offer the world. And this world needs every single bit of nurturing and leadership it can get right now.
Get social: Here’s where hashtags can truly make a difference! Use your social media prowess and platform to engage in this much-needed conversation. #Dayofthegirl should trend for more than just a day.
Become an activist: go here and check out these ways you can advocate for girls on any kind of level. Cool thing about this site here is it run by girls!
Donate: There are many organizations that are doing great work. Not sure where to give? Try the Malala Fund here or She’s the First here, both work tirelessly for girls and education; Breakthrough and Care are trying to educate and empower countries that allow children to marry.
Drop the judgement and pray: As I was writing this I was boiling. Seriously. Seething. I was judging. . . entire countries and cultures. While that’s probably justified and maybe even normal, it is not what Jesus would do. So I am going to remember that and pray. Remember and pray. Pray and forgive.
Now I want to leave you with this one last ditty, so worth watching!