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International Day of the Girl

Take an extra moment today to have an age-appropriate talk with your daughter and other little girls in your life.

 


This past Saturday was International Day of the Girl and it was fitting that the celebration came just days after 17-year-old Malala Yousafzay became the youngest person to ever win the prestigious honor. You likely remember the Pakistani girl’s story: a couple of years ago, she was shot in the head by the Taliban for fighting for girls’ rights to education. She was awarded the peace prize along with Kailash Satyarthi, who is fighting child slavery and exploitation in India.

The 2014 International Day of the Girl theme is “empowering adolescent girls: ending the cycle of violence”. This year, we’ve watched so much violence against girls around the world. Remember the 234 girls who were stolen from their school in Nigeria? That story prompted the #BringBackOurGirls movement. To date, 57 of them have escaped but 219 are still missing. The suspicion is that they have been sold into slavery or as wives to other terrorist and/or militant organizations.

But we don’t have to look even that far for violence against our girls. Right here in this country our babies are being trafficked, sexually and physically abused, and generally mistreated and disrespected by strangers and boyfriends and even themselves. We have to give them the tools to stand up and fight. We have to give them the tools to protect themselves.

Take an extra moment today to have an age-appropriate talk with your daughter and other little girls in your life. And just to make sure the world doesn’t forget, let’s revive #BringBackOurGirls. Take a picture, post it and send it to us at webmaster@mochamoms.org so we can let everyone know that we haven’t forgotten these girls and the hundreds- thousands- like them who are being abused and exploited. Let’s remind everyone that these girls are our daughters, too!

Please find President Obama’s Proclamation here, and a statement from Secretary of State, John Kerry.


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