October 11th is International Day Of The Girl and a day when we pause to recognize the movement toward equal rights for women through global initiatives of female empowerment. While considering women’s equality can feel daunting on an international scale, there are things we can do in our every day life to support the women in our lives and in our communities.
Empower the women around you by lifting each other up at work, at school, and at home.
I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.
If we stand together and speak up for ourselves, we cannot be ignored. Not only are our leaders being forced to listen, but our little ones are looking to us for guidance on how to be in the world.
Remember to promote gender equality in your own home by sharing household responsibilities with your partner, supporting mom’s late nights at the office, and teaching your children to be tolerant of gender fluidity at school.
Outside of our homes and offices, we can volunteer our time or donate to causes that support women’s rights around the world.
- The Malala Fund: The Nobel Peace Prize winner’s foundation works to provide 12 years of free, safe and quality education to girls with a focus on Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
- According to The World Bank, 500 million girls around the world lack the facilities for menstrual hygiene management. Shop the cause by purchasing your personal care products from these non-toxic and social impact-driven companies that support young women globally.
- Additionally, almost 4 million girls are at risk of undergoing genital cutting. You can help fight this human rights issue by supporting The Orchid Project which advocates among governments and leaders in 45 countries to help end genital cutting.
The time is now. Make the effort to promote change and be inspired by these young women who have used technology to support women’s rights around the world.