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Celebrate International Day of the Girl!

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

October 11, 2021 is International Day of the Girl (IDG).

The IBVM/CJ UN Office, UN Province Reps, and IBVM/CJ schools around the world are participating in a number of initiatives in the lead up to October 11th.

Here are the ways you can be involved:

1. Girls Speak Out: Closing the Digital Divide to Accelerate Opportunity

This year’s celebration of the IDG demands a continued innovative approach to building connection through digital spaces while emphasizing inclusion of voices often left out of these digital spaces.

As a proud member of The Working Group on Girls (WGG), the IBVM/CJ UN Office seeks to put girls at the forefront to share their experiences, to listen to a diversity of girls to hear what they need, and to partner with them and key stakeholders in highlighting sustainable and innovative solutions to issues that they face.

In conjunction with UNICEF’s IDG 2021 theme “Digital Generation, Our Generation,” the WGG’s theme for the Girls Speak Out is: “Closing the Digital Divide to Accelerate Opportunity.” Girls have prepared videos, poetry, and artwork that reflect this theme.

You can check out the Girls Speak Out submissions from CJ/IBVM schools featured on the UN Office YouTube page.

Watch the event in which a Loreto India student, Prateeksha, was a moderator.

Watch the event in which a Loreto India student, Prateeksha, was a moderator .

2. Check out the 11 Days of Action: 1 – 11 October 2021

Follow the IBVM/CJ UN Office social media campaign to elevate girl activist voices and critical issues of concern for girls’ rights around digital inclusion and digital participation.

We are sponsoring Day 10 of Action on October 10 – “Girls are changing the narrative on climate change and are pushing for urgent action.”

We will talk about girl activists using the digital space to make a change for our climate. Children and youth need to be at the center of climate change strategies and response plans. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Join our Twitter chat at 11am (EDT).

3. Girls Speak Out Event: 11 October 2021

Girl activists and girl advocates will participate in a virtual roundtable dialogue with partners, state and other decision makers involved in addressing the digital divide. The event is hosted by The Working Group on Girls, UN Women, UNICEF and UNFPA. Sponsored by the Government of Canada.

You are invited to join this online discussion featuring girl speakers from around the world, including a young woman from an IBVM school in India. This event will take place on Monday, October 11th at 10am ET. You can view it on the WGG YouTube page.

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