Today Give Love to Our Girls - It's Their Day!
10/11/2012 11:30:00 AM
Let me say this: I am a boy mom but love me some girls! Probably because on the inside I am still a girl and still bear some scars from when I was a girl. In the era of reality TV, video vixens, girlfights and more, we must love our girls and lead them in the right direction. That is what October 11th is about today and every year.
From dayoftegirl.org, “The Day of the Girl” this day 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 movementThis mission mirrors the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, approved on December 19, 2011:
“To help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” Why this day? As girls, we experience inequality in every aspect of our lives.” Here are some “girl facts”:
By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world’s illiterate (adult) population.
Only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school.
Girls make up half of the high school population, but receive only 41% of all athletic participation opportunities.
Women only hold 15.7% of top leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies.
1 in 5 high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
Children as young as age 11 are forced to work as prostitutes. Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year.
54% of 3rd-5th grade girls worry about their appearance and 37% worry about their weight.
57% of music videos feature a female portrayed exclusively as a decorative, sexual object.
Females continue to be underrepresented in top roles in film with less than 1 in 3 speaking characters in children’s movies.
So see the need to reach our girls? And we can. Through ministry that is uplifting not condemning; mentorship that is grounded in a real relationship; positive outlets that aid in esteem and social development. Need some ideas? From , “11 Ideas for Action” (From Chicagonow.com), I picked a few faves we can pass on to our girls or any girl/teen reading can do:
1. Wear it on your sleeve. Make a statement about your personal passions.
2. Preach it, teach it. Reach out to other girls to share your knowledge and talents in a way that benefits all.
3. Rule the school. Put yourself in a position of power.
4. Flip the switch on sexist entertainment. Simply change the channel!
5. Share your story, drop the shame. Every time you stand up for yourself and other girls, the ability that others have to dog females gets even smaller.
And girls – get involved with community service, networking groups, positive outlets, etc. No one can make life better for you if you don’t step out and make strides towards a positive life.
And us “grown girls”, as women let’s work for our girls – whether our blood-daughters or not. A lot of us come from a past infused with poor choices, risky behaviors, low esteem, poor anger management (raise your hand someone so I won’t feel alone!) but our past can help us help younger girls and teens. If we can show them how to do better, they may not face some of the issues that impacted us or still affect us today. The power to help change a life is in each one of us – even with small steps. “No act is too small; you may never know the full extent of your impact. Activism is contagious. While you may be one person, your voice and actions can touch others, whose voices and actions can touch still others, and so forth until we experience change. This is how activism works.” (Fight Like a Girl by Megan Seely)
So do for someone what may or may not have done for you: engage with our girls of today…the women of tomorrow. Happy Girl Today to all!