International Day of the Girl

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10 Things To Do On International Day Of The Girl To Celebrate Your Favorite People

This year’s theme is “Empowered Girls grow up to be empowered women.”

October 11 is International Day of the Girl, and while a very important holiday, you may not know exactly what it entails or what International Day of the Girl activities you can do with your family. The theme this year is “Empowered girls grow up to be empowered women,” per the National Today website. International Day of the Girl was adopted as an international holiday back in 2011 as a day to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” according to the UNESCO website.

International Days in general are “occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity,” explains the United Nations website. Essentially, they’re a powerful advocacy tool, the website says, and International Day of the Girl is no different. So what are some tangible ways for us to celebrate and try to engage in the above? These activities below can be something fun just to commemorate the day, or you can start small to enact the change you want to see in the world when it comes to women’s rights. Whether it’s brainstorming goals with the women in your life, or even joining a campaign, there’s much work and celebration to be done on this International Day of the Girl.

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Donate

Check out local nonprofits and organizations near you that would be in need of your time, or items such as clothing, toys, school supplies and hygiene items. A great place to start is the United Way website. Additionally, you can donate to other organizations on the Plan International website that will ensure women will have a safe place to rest and the ability to go to school and learn. Have your children pick out items to donate and go with you.

Other organizations for which you can donate include Girls Who Code, She Should Run, WriteGirl, Care.org's Women Empowerment Fund, National Organization for Women, The Malala Fund, Planned Parenthood, and Global Rights for Women, among many others.

2

Purchase books by women authors and books about inspirational women

There are tons of women empowerment and feminist books for kids, such as children’s biographies about great women, feminist picture books, and Because I Am A Girl: I Can Change The World, by Rosemary McCarney, Jen Albaugh, and Plan International.

For your own celebration research great women authors for adults to check out — be sure to pick up books from BIPOC or LGBTQIA+ authors on this day and every day as well.

3

Learn something new

Does your daughter want to learn photography? Check out a photography class. Rock climbing? I bet there are a ton of those classes available, too. I personally feel empowered when I learn something new, and I bet other women in your life will, too. Take the family to a cooking class, crafting class, wood working class, metal working class, painting class, a nature class, or whatever you can think of that may be a fun learning experience for the entire family.

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Shop at a local woman-owned business

Women own 31% of small businesses or franchises in the U.S., and 17% of black women are in the processes of starting or running a new business, according to whattobecome.com. So be sure to take the fam to shop at your locally woman-owned business for an International Day of the Girl activity. They would love the support and for you to share your experience on social media to spread the word about their business.

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Have a craft party

Have a crafting afternoon for the family, or even set up a craft day for your daughters and their friends. You can make DIY Quote Mirrors, where you line a mirror with positive affirmations about yourself (which all girls and women need to hear), create a backdrop for a fun photoshoot with an empowering message, create an affirmation board or make affirmation cards where you include all of the things about you or the women in your life that you love and are inspired by. There are even Frida Kahlo crafts you can do. Simply searching for feminist crafts on Pinterest will give you a ton of ideas.

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Lead by example and get involved

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The United Nations website said, one way you can get involved on this holiday is to participate in “a youth-led digital activation launching on International Day of the Girl.”

“Young people across the world are developing a digital activism campaign, aiming to raise the diversity of girls’ voices and their vision for a reimagined future,” noted the website. Your contribution can even be as simple as changing your profile photo according to Plan International.

Use the hashtag #BrighterFutureForGirls and share your story or another girl’s story of triumph, issues, under-recognized achievements, and other contributions. Be sure to post yourself in a video explaining why you believe in a #BrighterFutureForGirls. If your children are old enough, have them participate in this video offering their thoughts on the hashtag and why girls are awesome rock stars.

Look for ways you can help causes that affect women in your area on GirlBoss as well as the United Way website.

Other websites for information on how to get involved include:

https://www.heforshe.org/en

https://www.unicef.org/protection

https://www.planusa.org/international-day-of-the-girl

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Support women athletes

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Take the family to attend a women’s soccer, basketball, softball, track, hockey, or even kickball game in your area. Roller Derby can be a super fun and super empowering sport to watch and participate in. Nothing says girl power to me like fiercely skating around a rink and participating in this full contact sport.

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Make a scrapbook of your achievements

Today is a day to celebrate you, girl. Women often don’t recognize or celebrate our own achievements, and we’re often told our achievements are small or unimportant in comparison to others. This International Day of the Girl activity includes some soul searching and self-love, as well as some glue, photos, a scrapbook, and other crafty things to celebrate what you’ve accomplished. Bonus points if you do this with and for your daughters as well.

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Watch movies or TV clips of inspiring women or strong female leads

Check out Doc McStuffins, Dora the Explorer, or Elinor Wonders Why for the younger crowd, and maybe work your way up to documentaries about famous women trailblazers for the older kids. Check out commonsensemedia.com for a list of TV shows and movies that inspire girl power that’s age appropriate for your kiddos.

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Educate yourself and your family

First, you should definitely check out these 5 Facts About the Life of Girls That You Didn’t Know on nationalday.org. Additionally, you should browse through the resource links section about International Day of the Girl on the United Nations website, and read up about GirlForce, an organization set to empower and advance girls’ and women’s education. Talk about what you’ve learned with your family or have them read along with you.