Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights” -United Nations Resolution 66/170

Today, October 11, is the Day of the Girl, a day that just two years ago was declared by the United Nations as the International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world.  It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere. Fast forward two years and the Day of the Girl has become a global movement of hope, inspiration and advocacy to better the lives of half our planet who is being left behind.

Indian girlSo why girls? 

As girls, we experience inequality in every aspect of our lives. There are a billion reasons why we need the Day of the Girl, but let’s start with just a dozen (all are linked to their source. Just double click on statistic and you can read it in full):

*Source:  Day of the Girl 

There is so much we can all do to ensure girls receive the same opportunity and future as all. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

Here are some the unforgettable girls I’ve met throughout my work and travels that have inspired me to never, ever give up.

Finally, here is the girl I hope to take my place someday and continue the fight for women and girls….my own Sophia (age 8).


And of course I can’t forget my son Max (age 10) who will also be instrumental in creating change!

Meanwhile Max is at a week long "bike, swim, paddle and fish camp". He biked 25 miles yesterday!

Meanwhile Max is at a week long “bike, swim, paddle and fish camp”. He biked 25 miles yesterday!




  1. Thank you for the reminder. Today would have gone mostly unnoticed for me otherwise. And investment in girls will make the world a better place for sure! I was born in India where there is still discrimination between the sexes. I feel lucky to have parents who never made me feel like I was less so just because I was a girl. I hope to pass on the same values to my kids and hope that they too will continue to make a difference as they grow older.

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