Global Girl Power hosted a seminar and celebration on occasion of International Day of the girl on October 11, 2013 at the Surrey Center Library. United Nations declared Oct 11 as the International Day of The Girl to recognize girl’s rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s day focused on Innovating for Girls education. October 11th, also marked the one year anniversary of the Organization. Various organizations, members of the public, Member parliament Mark Warawa, MLA Marvin Hunt Surrey-Panorama, MLA Bruce Ralston Surrey-Whalley and Carol Todd mother of Amanda Todd also joined the celebrations.
Event highlighted importance of education whether that is basic education at the childhood or at later stage to tackle the issues girls and women face across the globe. 57 million kids wake up every morning and don’t go to school and there are 775million illiterate people in the world and two third of which are women. Every child deserves the right to education and no girl should be forced into chid marriage or to take care of the family. Education is the most effective way to change the world.
A salon screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for women worldwide was presented and it was followed by a discussion on various issues women face worldwide. The issues discussed were Maternal Mortality, Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Gender-Based Violence, Bullying and importance of Education and Economic Empowerment. Each person present at the event discussed the issues in small groups & made some sort of commitment on how they will become agents of change.
The event was a great success and the movie was an eye opener. Powerful discussions where everyone attended took away great knowledge with them. The day marked the yearlong achievements of all the hard work Global Girl Power has done. Here’s too celebrating more milestones!
Global Girl Power is a global movement committed to empower, educate, support, protect and respect women and girls around the world because every girl has the power to change this world. GGP envisions a world where positive change spreads globally from one woman and girl to another, their aim is to provide resources and education to support the learning and growth of young girls and to provide women with support and tools to create sustainable means of income and become self-sufficient leaders with inner strength, skills and perseverance. Global Girl Power Foundation is a platform to stand against the gross violation of women’s rights including infanticide and sex selective abortions, honour killings, trafficking, forced prostitution, genital mutilation, child marriage, physical and sexual abuse, pornography, forced labour, neglect and body health issues. For more information on Global Girl Power visit facebook.com/globalgirlpower or email: [email protected]