Fifth International Day of the Girl
On October 11th, 2016, seventeen AMSU students, accompanied by Ms O’Hare and Sr. Alice Marie attended the Girls’ Speak Out in the EcoSoc Chamber of the UN. Girl Advocates moderated the event and spoke about the issues of marginalized girls, girls in politics and the reality of girls supporting girls.
A minister of Canada’s Parliament, a legislative body that is 50% female, spoke of appreciating the contributions of girls now as leaders of the present, not just the future. She urged all to leave no one behind especially girls who are among the most marginalized. Lakshmi Puri, Executive Director of UN Women said, “A girl with a dream is fire!” She spoke of the importance of the need for attention to data about the number of girls victimized by sex selective infanticide, stolen childhoods due to labor, trafficking, child marriage and violence. She also urged governments to invest in the support of girls.
One student said, “An inspiring moment at the Day of the Girl was when Emma, a Girl Advocate, spoke about empowering one another. It is so important that we lift each other up.”
Another AMSU student said that she had met Rachel, a Girl Advocate, at meetings during lat year’s CSW and that Rachel’s message at the Day of the Girl renewed her realization that “to get girls our rights we have to be politically engaged.”
All who experienced this day carried with them strains from the song, “This Girl is on Fire” and the message of Emma, a girl advocate who said, “We need to be each other’s safe spaces. We need to be each others’ champions.”
The Girls’ Speak Out can be seen in its entirety at webtv.un.org