A Special International Day of the Girl Message from our Founder
Today is the first ever International Day of the Girl! If you’re like us and other participating organizations of the Day of the Girl, you are extremely excited that this day has finally been designated by the UN, and understand why putting girl’s lives and education at the forefront of our global agenda is crucial. The International Day of the Girl was created last year by the U.N. “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential” (United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child).
If we want to restore dignity and equality to girls, we MUST renew our commitment to education. – Queen Rania of Jordan
On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Women Worldwide Initiative, today we would like to re-affirm, with doubled passion and enthusiasm, our dedication to youth development, and the cultural and economic empowerment of women and girls worldwide. We celebrate today by continuing our vision of a global community of women and girls who believe in their self-worth, are informed and smart decision-makers, and are motivated to be leaders and change-makers in their own communities. We believe in the power of positive role models and messages to enhance a woman or girl’s sense of self-worth and thus drive her towards excellences in all aspects of her life, as well as the ability to affect social change through women and our youth. We would like you to join us in valuing the worth and dignity of girls around the globe, not only today, but year round.
If you have a young woman or girl in your life, please take a moment to remind them how special and important their lives are, how beautiful their future will be, and that this is THEIR day! We must inspire and motivate our girls so that they can become the future leaders of our world. If we do not lift them up, they stand no chance in changing in this world for the better.
Education is a path out of poverty. If you’re moved by the message of International Day of the Girl, and want to celebrate in a meaningful, real-time, high-impact manner, then please help us to advance 15 young women from Brownsville and East New York, two extremely under-served neighborhoods in New York City, to both high school and college graduation through our intensive leadership, educational and personal development program.
If you are reading this message, you are a part of a global movement to empower girls world wide. We invite you to share your voice below on this question:
What do you think girls should expect from this world?