GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable
Photo above - International Day of the Girl celebrated in Philippines
The International Day of the Girl, celebrated on 11 October, was preceded by 11 Days of Action. It aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges which girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights
For more than 25 years, women have pressed this agenda forward, leading global movements on issues ranging from sexual and reproductive health rights to equal pay. More girls today are attending and completing school, fewer are getting married or becoming mothers while still children, and more are gaining the skills they need to excel in the future world of work.
Today, these movements have expanded. They are being organized by and for adolescent girls, and tackling issues like child marriage, education inequality, gender-based violence, climate change, self-esteem, and girls’ rights to enter places of worship or public spaces during menstruation. Girls are proving they are unscripted and unstoppable.
Good Shepherd stories - Asia Pacific
Sister Fiona Yeo describes how the 2019 International Day of the Girl was marked by residents of Ahuva Good Shepherd-Small Group Care, in Singapore. Stories were shared of situations of hardship and violence perpetrated against girls around the world. The children were invited to create messages of support to the girl child. You can read them below. Let us bring hope, peace and love to every girl child we meet.
Click here - 2019 International Day of the Girl Child - Ahuva Good Shepherd-Small Group Care, Singapore
Good Shepherd stories - International
Click here for a series of Good Shepherd stories: Sr Winifred Doherty's blog
Click here for Prayer for the Day of the Girl: Sr Jane Kailu, Province of East Central Africa