October 11, 2012, was the very first United Nations International Day of the Girl. This day was created as a way to talk about some of the issues girls face, as well as to show girls the importance of being a leader!New Moon is excited to celebrate the first Day of the Girl with girls all over the world! Part of the celebration on NewMoon.com included a special series of chats going on in Luna’s Chatterbox! The chats happened on October 6th, 8th, and 10th, and featured guests like Sara Stammer and Jamie Primeau from the Women in Learning and Leadership program. During the chats, New Moon Girls were given the opportunity to talk about the issues they have as girls, leadership, empowerment, and much more!
There were also several Day of the Girl events going on on October 11th, but there are still some more celebrations and events happening this weekend! There might even be some events in your area, and you can check out what’s going on at Newmoon.com!Talking about issues girls have is important. The Day of the Girl helps girls realize all of the potential they have and inspire them to go for their goals. Girls in some parts of the world have not been able to run after their dreams very easily in the past. Some girls don’t have access to education, which means they can’t do things like read and write, and in some places, girls have to start working at a young age to help support their families. The United Nations created the Day of the Girl as a way to show ALL girls that they have as many opportunities as anybody else!
The Day of the Girl is also a day for girls to talk about gender stereotypes they have encountered. An example of gender stereotyping would be saying that all girls love the color pink, or saying that girls are not as good at sports as boys are. In Ask A Girl, New Moon Girls have talked about all sorts of stereotypes that girls encounter simply because they are girls!
Girls see stereotypes on TV and in movies, and sometimes girls are stereotyped in their own lives. Maybe somebody has told you that since you’re a girl, you should fix your hair or dress a certain way. Maybe somebody has told you that girls are not as smart as boys. The Day of the Girlis a day where girls can talk about stereotypes they face, and remind each other that everybody is unique and should not be stereotyped and limited just because they are girls!Of course, October 11th does not have to be the only Day of the Girl! Girls’ issues are important all the time and any day is a great opportunity for girls to become empowered!What did you do for Day of the Girl? What do you think are important issues girls are facing now? Leave your comments below!
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