Thursday, October 11, 2012

First International Day of the Girl

Supporters have been tweeting tributes to
Malala Yousufzai on the Day of the Girl.
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 The UN has declared today the first International Day of the GIRL! This year the United Nations has asked us to think about women's culture in the contexts of education and child marriages. It's impossible not to think of today in the context of Malala Yousufzai, a 14 year old advocate for women's equality in Pakistan whose currently fighting for her life after being shot by the Taliban. Malala's story should remind all us Colgate ladies how lucky we are, especially today. Here's what the UN has to say about their new day:

"The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach other people–grownups, boys, girls all across the world–a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and opportunity. October 11 is not just a day but a movement. 10.11.12 is bigger than one issue, one organization, or even one country." ( 

In the spirit of the day, I know I'll be talking about women's culture on campus and in our community with my friends and teachers. I encourage any readers to do the same! Interested in learning a little bit more about the day of the girl? Visit! You can even watch the first ever DAY OF THE GIRL Summit at 7pm tonight at!

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