International Day of the Girl

11th Oct 2018 – Today is the United Nations International Day of the Girl.  The Loreto College Women of the World group would like to share the following information about this …

First set up six years ago, this day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges which girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.  There are 1.1 billion girls in the world, and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future. They are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, many girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis.

This year, a Global Girls’ Summit was held yesterday in Brussels, the global hub for 2018’s #GirlsTakeover action. It was the second in a series of annual summits supporting girls’ leadership.  The event brought together the world’s leading minds in business, government, entrepreneurship, science, sport, arts and media to celebrate the power of girls and call for increased action to support girls’ activism and leadership.

WoW Loreto is marking the day with a presentation by the WoW Representatives to each Form to raise the profile of this day and the reasons behind it. We will also be focusing on some inspirational girls who are making a positive impact on the world.  These include …

Jade Hameister is a 16 year old student from Australia.  At age 12, Jade completed the trek to Everest Base Camp and in April 2016, she became the youngest person in history to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the Last Degree.  In June 2017, Jade made history again by completing the 550km traverse of the Greenland icecap unsupported and unassisted – the youngest woman ever to do so.

 

 

 

Lamija Gutic is 16 years old from Bosnia and Herzegovina and wants to encourage more girls to learn how to code. Gutić entered the world of coding in 2016, through IT Girls, a UN Women-supported joint UN initiative.  She says “I want every child in my country and the world to have access and equal opportunities to education.  In my country we rarely challenge stereotypes when it comes to women and computer technology.”

 

 

 

 

 

Amika George from the UK started #FreePeriods when she was as an 18 year old student studying for her A levels after she read an article that totally horrified her – some girls in the UK were missing school because they couldn’t afford sanitary products.  She felt so strongly about it she started up a campaign to ensure girls on free school meals are given free sanitary products.  She has recently been awarded a Global Goals Award for all her campaigning work.