International Day of the Girl is celebrated around the world on October 11th. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. You can read more about this day here: International Day of the Girl Child | United Nations.  The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Loreto College has marked this day during form time this week:

1. We have said daily prayers around the theme of Mary Ward’s virtues – Freedom, Joy, Justice, Truth and Sincerity;
2. We have discussed the following video by UNICEF;

 

3. We have shared the following story of Olive Morris, who embodies many of Mary Ward’s virtues.

In London in 1969 a Nigerian diplomat was driving his Mercedes and was pulled over by the police who accused him of stealing the car. As he was being beaten up by the police who did not believe he owned the car, 17-year-old Olive Morris stepped in to challenge the police and was also beaten and arrested by the police. This was the start of her fight for justice, freedom and equality.  We chose her story to focus on as it has even more resonance during Black History month.  Learn more about it here.

Students in 8F also created this fabulous poster (click on the poster to enlarge it):