HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD! Yes, in our world it is not over. In fact, every day should be girl child day! This post highlights 3 WAYS TO CELEBRATE YOURSELF ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD.
You may just be finding out that October 11th (yesterday) was the International Day of the Girl Child. You’re probably just seeing an Instagram Post or a Tweet that mentioned it. Or it could even be from this post.
No one is excluded from celebrating the Day of the Girl Child.
We all have amazing females in our lives, even your mom was once a girl. So every female should be celebrated today.
But what’s so special about being a girl child?
Did you know:
- 12 million girls under 18 are married each year.
- 130 million girls worldwide are still out of school.
- Approximately 15 million adolescent girls aged 15-19 have experienced forced sex.
Females face different kinds of challenges in our societies, at school, in the workplace, in the place of leadership, and more. In spite of all the inequality, vulnerability, sexism, and the unmentionables, females are still breaking barriers.
When you think about it, you’ll realize that girls are OGs.
October 11 is a day for all of us to honour, and share the exploits of women all around the world. It goes beyond sharing it on our social media app, and wishing ourselves “Happy International Day of the Girl Child”.
Here are 3 ways you can celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child
1. Celebrate yourself
October 11 is not just a day for posting and wishing others Happy International Day of the Girl Child. As a female, it is a day to celebrate yourself. Growing up, you most likely had experiences that were unique to you as a female. All of those came together to make the person that you are.
Today is a day to celebrate your wins, your struggles, your lessons, and also treat yourself.
Remind yourself of how capable and amazing you are. You owe it to yourself.
2. Grab a bowl of Popcorn and watch an inspiring movie
Whether it’s Netflix or the TV, it’s a perfect period to grab a bowl of popcorn and watch an inspiring movie. Seeing the stories of other women who challenged the status quo and transformed their realities gives a sense of empowerment. It reminds you that, although women may be the weaker vessels, we still have our own superpowers.
Listen to the stories of women like Oprah Winfrey, Joyce Meyers, Mother Teresa and other women who more or less changed the world. Can’t watch it during a workday? Plan to do so by weekend. Got a daughter? Be sure to make it a date with her.
3. Consider how you can improve yourself
No human is perfect, and we all make mistakes. Sometimes, we need to sit ourselves down, think about the mistakes we’ve made and learn from them.
This is how to maintain a winning mindset and improve yourself. In everything you’re good at, how can you be better?
That may mean joining a club or taking a course. It could mean something else for you. Whichever one it is, set plans and implement them.
Never forget that you’re capable of achieving even those things that seem impossible. Others have done it, and so can you.
And don’t forget to celebrate the amazing women and girls in your life. You can have a Zoom call with your girlfriends, and family members who are females. This is a great way to bond and share stories that inspire and help others.
Here is a thought from the founder of loudsilences.org:
What stories will the women of tomorrow tell about when they were the girls of today? That script, YOU and I are writing them right now! Is it a good read? 💭🤔Anita Adefuye
Here are few videos on the girl child you can watch to learn more on how to empower girls today.
Again, everyday should be international day of the girl child, but in this moment, but these three ways of celebration is a great place to start. And the resources above, are additional learning. Feel free to share as you wish.