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International Day of the Girl Child: October 11, 2013

Did you know October 11 of every year has been dedicated as ‘The International Day of the Girl Child’ by the United Nations? This year is the organisation’s second annual observation.

I didn’t until a few weeks ago. A slight procrastination delayed this delivery of news to you [assuming you didn’t know either]!

This year’s celebration theme is ‘Innovating for Girls’ Education.’

International Day of the Girl Child [already hashtagged by some as #IDG] has been described by organisation, Girl Rising, as:

AN EVENT IN HONOUR OF YOUR DAUGHTER, NIECE, BORN AND UNBORN, THE PARTIALLY DAMAGED AND EXTREMELY ABUSED GIRL WHO HAS SINCE BEEN DENIED OF HER UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS. THESE ARE THE “MALALAS” WHO ARE THREATENED AND OTHERS WHO HAVE BECOME VICTIMS OF “CASUAL SEX” IN FAR AWAY MIDDLE EAST.

Do you have an individual, organisation, NGO, network, group or institution with interests in gender equality, child rights and education? If you do Girl Rising will send you toolkits and other branded items!

You can pre-register with Girl Rising:
http://10x10act.org/idg/registration/?variable1=email+variable2=46787817

You can also participate in the day by joining the Red Elephant Foundation’s campaign.

REF will also be commemorating the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ and they would love your contributions.

They are looking for young girls/women ages 10-17 to submit a maximum of two paragraphs to the question “What is/are your dream(s)? Each response should follow the format – ‘My dream(s) is/are …’

They are also looking for women 30 years+ to respond to the question ‘What did you dream of becoming as a child? If you accomplished it, how did you get there and/or what has changed if otherwise?’

These entries are open to girls and women of all nationalities, ethnicities and geographies. Please include your name, age and location in your submission.

Entries must be received by October 9, 2013 to be featured on their website.

Please submit entries and inquiries to lepa86@gmail.com

Visit them: www.redelephantfoundation.org/

If you or your organisation is also participating in the International Day of Girl please leave a comment so we know what else is happening around the world!

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About Combing for Curls

Ghanaian-Nigerian Accra-based natural hair blogger and vlogger. Creator/curator of African culture and political content.

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