2 years ago, the United Nations declared today, October 9, as International Day of the Girl Child.

 

So what is this day all about?

The United Nations wanted to use this day to observe the issue of gender inequality. 

Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.”

Adolescent girls are faced with disparity, whether it be educational, economic or social.

But YOU can help get the word out about Day of the Girl by sharing any of these images through your social media and tagging #DayoftheGirl. 


Girl Up is also partnering with the U.N. to observe Day of the Girl. Today, you can celebrate your "Girl Hero" through social media by tagging the #GIRLHERO that you look up to.

 

 

In support of Day of the Girl, my #GIRLHERO is Malala Yousafzai. 

Image Source: World Bank Live

Image Source: World Bank Live

Malala became the youngest person, at the age of 17, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, that's right! While most young women in the United States were getting ready for prom, Malala had already decided to take a stance against the Taliban and to drive change. Not only is she an author, but she has spearheaded the movement to bring access to education and to bring awareness to gender inequality. 

Malala has a beautiful spirit and a powerful message. 

“I raise my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”