Today, October 11, marks the sixth celebration of International Day of the Girl, a day that not only spotlights the needs and challenges girls face, but also promotes girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
According to the United Nations, 2018’s theme for the annual event is titled With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, and it calls on the global community to reexamine their approach to preparing and empowering all girls to successfully transition into the workplace. This entails providing more educational opportunities and raising awareness on girls being “left behind” in developing countries, more than 90% of whom will work in the often exploitative informal sector for little or no pay.
And this year, Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation initiative that actively works to empower adolescent girls around the globe, is launching a #girlhero campaign, encouraging everyone to celebrate the girls who inspire them by posting a video on social media with #girlhero. The #girlhero campaign resonates with The Harris Poll’s International Women’s Day survey, which showed that nearly half of Americans (47%) think celebrating women’s achievements is effective in bringing about real and lasting change when it comes to women’s equality. A one-percent difference from the leading effective efforts for bringing about real and lasting change: forging positive visibility for women (48%) and challenging stereotypes and biases (48%).
Happy #DayoftheGirl 👩🏿🎨👩🏻🏫👩🏼🔬👩🏻🎤👩🏽🚀 Let’s celebrate girl power! 1) Post a photo of your #girlhero 2) Share why they inspire you 3) Repeat! Who's @GirlUp’s #girlhero? You, yes YOU! Thanks for being in our movement for gender equality. https://t.co/6SpAftj64U pic.twitter.com/hr6DBuFu7i
— Girl Up (@GirlUp) October 11, 2018
In April 2018, as part of GirlUp’s #DadSquad campaign for dads, father figures, and men who are allies for gender equality, Harris Poll CEO, John Gerzema joined other great fathers like Jamie Foxx, Nigel Barker, Tony Goldwyn, Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Mohammed Farshori to empower other Dads globally to join forces in accelerating girl changemakers around the world.