Did you know that today is International Day of the Girl?
The United Nations declared October 11 to as this day to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. I personally am an advocate for equal education rights for girls, especially in countries that have such a stigma placed around girls going to school. There are events being held across the country opening up discussion for girls’ rights. I really wish I had the opportunity to go to one of these events, but alas.
On a similar note, yesterday, Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for Pakistani children education. I find it so inspiring that she was awarded this yesterday, and today is the International Day of the Girl. How perfect is that? Her story is so inspiring to me, and I only wish I could have half the influence she has had on the world already. (Have you read her book? I did!!)
Raising awareness for girls’ rights to education is very important to me. In America, we don’t really think about how difficult it is to go to school- growing up, we always grumble about having to go to school when we could be doing more fun things. In other countries around the world, girls don’t get this opportunity. Some are forced to get married at a young age, with their only job being to keep the house and start a family. These women are not required to be educated because they have “no place in society except that of a wife.” No matter how many laws are passed to combat this, this won’t change unless the social norms surrounding this change. The best way to combat this is to start talking about it.
So I challenge you to share this. Tell someone about International Day of the Girl. If not being allowed to go to school would make you mad too, then share it.
P.S. In other news, watch this amazingly hilarious and PSA-worthy video: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152617651348673&fref=nf. Lil Jon made a version of “Turn Down For What” to get people to vote. #TurnOutForWhat