Raising a girl is a true privilege for me, one that makes me grateful for the opportunity to nurture and empower a little girl in a world in which so many girls don’t enjoy basic rights and experience abuse and discrimination. That’s why I’m joining the launch of the Global Girls Bill of Rights – a declaration of the rights all girls are entitled to – to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.
The initiative by the organization She’s the First, in partnership with regional organizers Akili Dada and MAIA, aims to ensure all girls are able to enjoy the rights they deserve globally. What I like the most about this initiative is that the Girls Bill of Rights was crafted by girls themselves as a declaration of their priorities and with it making it clear that they want to be part of the conversations around the issues that impact their quality of life.
The Global Girls Bill of Rights is an advocacy program that is building a coalition of ally organizations and collected the rights from girls in more than 30 countries around the world with the intention to presented at the United Nations. She’s the First is at the forefront of fighting for girls’ rights worldwide by teaming up with local organizations on the ground to make sure girls are educated, respected, and heard.
Today, as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl, a day the United Nations declared to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face globally, I’m proud to share the Girls Bill of Rights and hope you can help me spread the message on social media.
The Global Girls Bill of Rights
– By Girls Around The World, For Girls Everywhere
This week, the Global #GirlsBillsofRights was unveiled — it was written by girls all over the world, for girls everywhere. Their voices need to be heard and respected. Let’s amplify them on social and everywhere!
All girls have the right to…
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Equality, free from discrimination and stereotypes.
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Be involved in decision-making and to pursue leadership positions.
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Documentation, recognized by relevant authorities.
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Comprehensive sexual education and access to free, quality reproductive healthcare.
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Be protected from harmful traditions and to enjoy positive cultural practices.
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Be safe from all forms of violence, in all locations.
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Make decisions about their bodies and sexuality.
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Be protected under the law without fear or unequal treatment.
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Be free from exploitation, safe from child labor, trafficking, and early marriage.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED…
You can pledge your support on social media:
“I pledge to support girls on the decisions that affect their lives. #GirlsBillofRights”
If you are a girl on social media, you can share this:
“Girls just want to have fundamental rights. These are mine; read them, respect them.” #GirlsBillofRights
You can co-sign the Global Girls Bill of Rights using the hashtag #GirlsBillofRights on social media.
ABOUT SHE’S THE FIRST
She’s the First (STF) fights for a world where every girl chooses her own future. This global nonprofit teams up with local organizations to make sure girls are educated, respected, and heard. STF has trained more than 75 local organizations to serve girls better every day, and together they’ve provided 7,800+ girls in 11 countries with the support and tools they need to become powerful agents of change. STF is a member of Michelle Obama’s Girls Opportunity Alliance and has been featured by numerous media outlets, including TODAY, MSNBC, Forbes, Fast Company, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire. Diane von Furstenberg has recognized STF with a DVF Award and Chelsea Clinton honored them at Clinton Global Initiative U. STF celebrates 10 years of impact this October.