International Day of the Girl
What better way to celebrate #SITSDay than talking about the International Day of the Girl. October 11 is marked as the Day of the Girl by the United Nations. It marks an international acknowledgement of girls rights around the globe and the unique circumstances and obstacles each girl faces within their communities.
As you may have read, Malala Yousafzai received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ensure education for all girls and women. Malala is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. I say it is well deserved! I can only admire the tenacity, commitment, bravery, and intelligence of this young woman. She, like those before her, has a vision for ALL girls and women around the globe. These ladies have always worked for equality and empowerment for women.
Myself, daughters, mother, aunts, and cousins have benefited from the sacrifices of these women. Today my daughters live in a world that affords them opportunities I did not know existed as a girl. I am so happy for them.
I am grateful to live during a time in which I can do what I wish freely and openly. Sadly, many women around the world are not given these rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Rather many girls and women are degraded, abused, and tossed away. I am hopeful that their lives can change and improve with the influence of women like Malala.
My goal is to continue to empower my daughters and teach my sons respect for women. These two approaches are not exclusive of one another. It is important for mothers and fathers to teach sons AND daughters to be respectful of each other. It is not our command to teach one sex or the other to overpower but to support and love one another.
Celebrate the Women and Girls in our Lives
Let’s celebrate the Day of the Girl, our daughters, mothers, and grandmothers. We can express our gratitude for the women who have paved a way for us and continue the road for our future generations.