Flash mobs were last year’s trend, but this year it’s all about the lightning strength of the Girl Rising movement- hundreds of people inspiring others to take action in their own communities by spreading a simple message: Educate girls, change the world.
These new advocates for girls gather less surprisingly and they don’t seem to court the same flurry of online attention as spontaneous dancers in a subway, but their impact is just as widespread and they’re amplifying their message one region at a time:
Philippines: Roots of Health launched “Soap, Shampoo, and Self Esteem for International Day of the Girl” to teach children self-value. The youth made mosquito traps for their homes as reminders to maintain community health. Afterwards, everyone was treated to hygiene gifts and cake.
El Salvador: The Glee Project hosted a discussion for IDG that they titled “Glee Girl Power Talk”. More than 100 girls from public schools screened the Nepal chapter of Girl Rising. At the event, students, teachers, and mothers discussed barriers to girls’ education in El Salvador and around the world. Students were asked: “You have access to education, what will you do with it?’”
Pakistan: The Youth Revolution Clan held a post-screening panel discussion about discrimination against girls and the Communications Director of YRC promised to take the message of “Girl Rising” to every corner of Pakistan.
United States of America: Members of Club P.L.A.Y celebrated IDG by selling snacks to raise money for girls’ education and discussed the “Girl Rising” film after their screening.
Cambodia: The AusCam Freedom Project celebrated International Day of the Girl by honoring local women in their Transitional Life Centre. They treated the women to a day of pampering, story-sharing, meals, and celebration.
The prevailing noise spread into The West Bank, the Maldives, Greece, the United Kingdom, Uganda, and all over the United States. When the gatherings ended, our leaders didn’t disperse into the crowd like nothing happened. There continue to be so many stories told and staged with such empowering visuals that it’s hard to forget them. This is a movement of grassroots organizers. This is a movement with tangible change. It promises to be electric, welcoming, and purposeful, but also a little contagious!
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