A few words on the International Day of the Girl

Reflections and thoughts from Syrian women at IIT on the International Day of the Girl; we stand with and for our sisters in Syria, Chicago and across globe and dedicate our lives and efforts to the betterment for all girls.

In a world where poverty, hunger, and even brutal death are heavily overlooked on a daily basis, it is easy to ignore women and their rights and consider them of secondary importance. This, however, is one of the biggest mistakes that societies and their governments are committing.
Everyone of us must take her (and his) part in unchaining girls around the world in order to break stereotypes and claim our rights of education, work, equal wages, voting, or even driving!
Only then, the world would be a much happier place with more educated, free, and confident women in leadership positions. Happy Girls day everyone! Rock on Girls!

Nour

*****

“We are starving for education. For us, it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.” Malala Yousafzai
As girls, we experience inequality in every aspect of our lives. Education is the most important right that we should work on because a girl’s education is her weapon against this unfair world.
The Day of the Girl is a response to this critical problem we are facing today. This day is bigger than an anniversary; it is the reflection of what we’ve done and what we need to do to achieve our goals. Happy Girls day

Farah

*****

October 11th as Day of the Girl: we are all agree on putting special focus on the rights of girls throughout the world.
We know that in many countries girls get left behind in all areas of life from school to work and many are prevented from fulfilling their true potential by severe discrimination and prejudice; the fulfillment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves.
Girls are being neglected, marginalized, and discriminated in families and society. The Day of the Girl will make girls feel respected, recognized and their contributions valued in society, so every one of us should contribute in liberating girls all around the world, Happy Girls day everyone

Lama

*****

Maybe education is just a word but it’s a whole life, or in other words it’s like a weapon for women.
I feel so proud for being a woman when I hear all these stories about how there is a large percentage in the world now asking and fighting for education. Maybe some people or countries don’t know that it’s our RIGHT to learn and to be in good positions, but now after all those great women I guess we’re being heard and we will do a difference in the world Happy girls day!

Marcelle

*****

Zeina:

For an additional perspective on the daily struggles of girls in Syria, we invite you to read in this recent blog post from Dr. Helene D. Gayle.

Dr. Helene D. Gayle writes:

“The United Nations estimates that out of 2.1 million Syrian refugees, nearly 328,000 are school-aged girls. Worldwide, 20 million girls in conflict zones do not attend school, according to the International Network for Education in Emergencies. In addition to the disruptions that war causes for the entire population, girls face distinct challenges: high risks of child marriage, exploitation, abuse, or trafficking.”

The full blog post appears here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/care/syria-girls-education_b_4081143.html

To learn more about innovative solutions that help girls overcome barriers to education, check out: www.care.org

Dr. Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of the poverty-fighting organization CARE.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Guest says:

    Knowledge is Power and Power is Freedom
    Happy Girls Day Everyone!

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