Happy International Day of the Girl!
Sisters are doin' it for themselves
What Is It?
The United Nations created International Day of the Girl in 2012 to highlight the challenges girls face around the world. It is a "100% youth-led movement for gender justice and youth activism". The mission of the day is "to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls' lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential."
What A Time To Be A Girl...
Just this week, a gaggle of women have come forward accusing Hollywood big-wig Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape. Yesterday, the US Men's Soccer team didn't qualify for the World Cup, the first time since 1986. Meanwhile the women's team won the World Cup in 2012, had to fight tooth and nail to get better, but still not equal pay, even though FIFA has ranked the US women's team as number one in the world.
But There Is Good News!!
The Boy Scouts of America just announced that girls will be able to become Cub Scouts with the same opportunity to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. A separate program will allow girls to join "dens" and local Boy Scout organizations can have dens for girls, or dens for boys, but they will not be mixed.
Meanwhile, Malala Yousafzai started school at Oxford University this month. Five years after a member of the Taliban tried to kill her for going to school, she is studying away, and has her Nobel Peace Prize to keep her warm at night.
5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls' education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford. pic.twitter.com/sXGnpU1KWQ— Malala (@Malala) October 9, 2017
Keep on Keepin' On
Yet, let us not forget why we need a day like today. In Nepal, women on their periods are ousted to a shed as to keep "imperfections" away. In India, girls must stay home from school once a month when the red seas part. Donald Trump continuously threatens women's healthcare in many ways. The fight isn't over, it might never be over, but a day like today can teach the younger generation how to fight.