October 11th is International Day of the Girl!
Hi , It's Stacey Clark, founder of Leap, Learn, Live. This year marks the second year I've had the honor of walking through the streets of downtown Fort Worth, in shoulder to shoulder solidarity with hundreds of other women, girls, boys and even some men. No, it’s not a rodeo; it’s all about girls.
And yes, that's me with a bun and no earrings. I was in a hurry.
When girls succeed, we all succeed...
In the midst of a Fall rain storm, there I was with my co-workers and hundreds of others, flag wielding and chanting, “Who runs the world…girls!” while marching down the center of main street, in step with the awesome beats of Dunbar High school's drum-line that brought up the rear, It was amazing, and I felt euphoric. The energy of the crowd was palpable. Once we made it to Sundance Square, we heard young lady after young lady share their dreams and their commitment to them. They heard us, the crowd cheer them on, in support of both them and their dreams. I imagine that any girl who got on that stage, was filled with the positive power and can-do spirit of the crowd, and I hope that one day each will return victoriously to that stage, sharing how Day of the Girl impacted their lives and success.
If you have never joined a march, may I suggest that you do so soon. And, if you are not much for marching against issues, might I propose you join the march for girl’s empowerment. You will not regret it and you will never forget it. Every October 11th, we can count on Girl’s Inc., to organize this exciting event to celebrate International Day of the Girl.
A little history
International Day of the Girl, first started back in 2012, by the United Nations. According to the UN’s website, “The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.” If this is not worth marching through the streets for, I don’t know what is.
If you missed it this year, be sure to find out who is organizing your local event next year, and if you can’t find one, I am certain the UN would be happy to tell you how to organize one.
Who runs the world….? Girls!
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