Five Important Moments for the International Day of the Girl


Guest Blogger – Amanda Kennedy served as a Girl Up intern in 2013.

October has been an important month for the advancement of the rights and well-being of girls around the world. With the United Nations’ second annual International Day of the Girl on October 11 as the focal point, the United Nations Foundation and its partners celebrated the power of girls and called for innovative solutions to reach the world’s most marginalized girls.

Here are five of our top moments from the month:

1. 11 Days of Action.
In honor of International Day of the Girl, Girl Up launched 11 Days of Action, an initiative that encouraged people to take part in a growing movement to advocate for the needs and rights of adolescent girls around the world. The results were incredible: was visited by nearly 7,000 people on October 11 alone, and #11DaysofAction was used in 7,200 tweets from 94 countries.


2. The Girl Declaration.
The Girl Declaration, an effort of the Nike Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, many other partners, and girls themselves, was delivered to the United Nations on International Day of the Girl. UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin and Nike Foundation CEO and President Maria Eitel urged readers in an op-ed in Forbes to read the Girl Declaration and “take action with and for girls.”

3. Education hero Malala Yousafzai.
Malala Yousafzai has been everywhere lately and we can see why: The 16-year-old is unstoppable. She was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, with Girl Up Teen Advisors on stage with her! Diane Sawyer also had a chance to talk to Malala, and a few former Teen Advisors interacted with Malala at the World Bank – read more in the Washington Post – Kid Post

4. Girl Up’s Unite for Girls Tour.
Girl Up partnered with YWCA Chicago, Lifeway Foods, and Frequency540 to bring the “Unite for Girls Tour” to Chicago, Illinois. More than 100 attendees learned about issues facing girls around the world through games, activities, and unique physical challenges. Current winner of NBC’s Biggest Loser Danni Allen made a special appearance, and teen pop stars Megan and Liz performed for the crowd.


5. Girl Up Teen Advisors.
The weekend following International Day of the Girl, Girl Up’s new Teen Advisor class convened in New York City.  Twenty girls from across the country – selected through a competitive application process – met for the first time in person to learn about global issues and participate in skills-based workshops. Girl Up’s Teen Advisors mobilize girls in their own communities and lead efforts that drive global change.


One thing I learned from this month?  YOU helped make it all happen! Thanks to your support, girls’ rights have been front and center in the global dialogue.