What is Day of the Girl?
October 11 is celebrated Internationally as Day of the Girl with the mission “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day to come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.
This year, our local Day of the Girl will focus on celebrating 100 years of women’s constitutional right to vote, the disparities girls face in our community and the steps we as a community need to take to ensure our girls have an equal future regardless of their gender or race.
All girls deserve an even playing field with educational and enrichment opportunities that help them thrive throughout their youth and into adulthood. Now more than ever, we need to invest in girls. As a result, in 2019 we partnered with other girl-only nonprofits with the mission to empower girls. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas joined by Girls Inc., Girls on the Run, PEARL Court, Ransomed Life, Significant U and The Young Women’s Leadership Academy have united for a common goal: create awareness in the community and start developing a culture of philanthropy around our girls. Our mission is to be proactive, provide our future leaders, our girls, with the tools they need to become confident women and leaders.
“In order to sustain a better and more sustainable future, it is essential that girls and women have the opportunity to achieve their full potential as active participants in their lives, those of their families, and their communities. Societies lose when young girls and women are shackled to traditional lives that keep them from developing their full social, economic, and political potential,” The Status of Women in San Antonio report (2019).
"...Societies lose when young girls and women are shackled to traditional lives that keep them from developing their full social, economic and political potential..."
Together we can mobilize resources to address the most pressing issues that impact girls, especially those in underrepresented and vulnerable populations.