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Thursday, October 11, 2012

First Ever International Day of the Girl!

At Girl Scouts of Northern California, every day is Day of the Girl -- and we are thrilled that the United Nations has declared today, October 11, as the first ever International Day of the Girl!

According to the Day of the Girl website, "The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach other people – grownups, boys, girls all across the world – a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and opportunity. October 11 is not just a day but a movement. 10.11.12 is bigger than one issue, one organization, or even one country."

Here in Northern California, Girl Scouts were taking part in leading Day of the Girl activities, like these girls at Walnut Creek Intermediate School. One of their teachers, Kandi, who is a Girl Scout alumna, shared how girls wrote and displayed postcards with their dreams for the future for the whole school to see:

"Not every many folks knew that the UN declared today International Day of the Girl in cooperation with World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and many other organizations. The idea was to imagine what a perfect world would be like for girls. The girls at my school coordinated lunchtime activities where girls wrote postcards with their dreams. Many of these girls were Girl Scouts!" 

Click here for more information on Day of the Girl.

Remember, Day of the Girl is bigger than just today -- how can you help girls achieve their dreams? Comment below and let us know!

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