Thursday marks the seventh annual International Day of the Girl Child and people are out on social media and in their communities building up young women and addressing the societal issues that can too often hold them back from reaching their full potential. This year’s theme is “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce” with a focus on strategically educating and empowering girls with the skills they need to enter the workforce.
“On this International #DayOfTheGirl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms & reach her full potential.” — @antonioguterres https://t.co/fbyS49XKdn pic.twitter.com/aKZ1t1VGMs
— United Nations (@UN) October 11, 2018
The Day of the Girl was started by the United Nations in 2012 and is celebrated every October 11 by highlighting female achievement, acknowledging the restrictions still placed on women and committing to a year-long initiative targeted at a specific gendered issue.
This year, some of our favourite celebrities are out spreading the message and fighting for change. Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Amy Poehler and more banded together to make a promotional video for the day which was shared by the Today Show.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 11, 2018
If that wasn’t enough, Michelle Obama and The Obama Foundation launched the Global Girls Alliance which will work toward getting the more than 98 million girls who aren’t currently in school into classrooms. The former FLOTUS took over the Today Show and social media in general to encourage everyone to take action in the pursuit of educating girls around the world.
“When girls get the opportunities they deserve, amazing things start to happen,” the GGA mission statement reads. “Poverty goes down, economies grow, families get stronger, and babies are born healthier. And the world, by all accounts, gets better.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 11, 2018
And she’s got A LOT of support.
I’m so proud of the work @MichelleObama has done over the years to ensure adolescent girls have access to education, and I know that the @GirlsAlliance will be another great chapter in her effort to get girls the opportunities they deserve. https://t.co/Ohv6NAylo4
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 11, 2018
Today on International #DayoftheGirl, I’m proud to join @MichelleObama and the Global @GirlsAlliance to stand up for adolescent girls’ education—because the future of our world is only as bright as our girls #GlobalGirlsAlliance
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 11, 2018
— Kathie Lee and Hoda (@klgandhoda) October 11, 2018
Today on International #DayoftheGirl I’m proud to join @MichelleObama and the Global @GirlsAlliance to stand up for adolescent girls’ education – because the future of our world is only as bright as our girls. Join us: https://t.co/YZB5WAf3Gi. #GlobalGirlsAlliance pic.twitter.com/BjPIL0wWh0
— John Legend (@johnlegend) October 11, 2018
An educated girl can lift up her family, her community, and her country. That’s why I’m proud to join @MichelleObama and the Global @girlsalliance to stand up for adolescent girls’ education worldwide. Join us: https://t.co/5uw6ROGRsB. #GlobalGirlsAlliance #DayOfTheGirlTODAY pic.twitter.com/iowtGaORu7
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) October 11, 2018
An educated girl can lift up her family, her community, and her country. That’s why I’m proud to join @MichelleObama and the Global @GirlsAlliance to stand up for adolescent girls’ education worldwide. Join us: https://t.co/dYjZIbnvsT. #GlobalGirlsAlliance
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) October 11, 2018
It wasn’t just Michelle’s crew out there promoting the Day of the Girl; people from all over joined the conversation. Justin Trudeau shared a picture of his daughter Ella-Grace taking over the PMO; Emma Watson posted about young feminist activism with a shot of herself at the first Harry Potter premiere; and Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman celebrated the day with an acoustic duet of Urban’s song “Female.”
Today is about our daughters, granddaughters, sisters & nieces. It’s about making sure they grow up in a world where their voices are heard & they have the support they need to chase down their dreams. #DayoftheGirl https://t.co/SBGT0x9Hc0 pic.twitter.com/DCz2XdlKuN
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 11, 2018
#DayOfTheGirl🧠💪🏼💗 I encourage you to check out @FRIDAfund – focused on supporting the organising of young feminist activists all over the world 💝 because their work is critical to expanding & sustaining social justice movements, now & in the future! ✨ https://t.co/v7dwB8ICUq pic.twitter.com/bcT5tl6CbF
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) October 11, 2018
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) October 11, 2018
This one goes out to one of the greatest gifts to existence; GIRLS. I WISH YOU REPARATIONS IN EQUALITY. love, P #DayOfTheGirl
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) October 11, 2018
— Malala (@Malala) October 11, 2018
Our friend @melindagates teamed up with Baghch-e-Simsim’s Zari and our global health ambassador, Raya to send an important message to girls everywhere today on International #DayOfTheGirl! pic.twitter.com/mBzjM4eaY9
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) October 11, 2018
So maybe take some time today to hug your female friends and talk about the issues facing women or even donate to an initiative that is helping girls and women around the world reach their full potential.