Organizations that provide or advocate for girls education, with an emphasis on areas with high poverty rates, as a means to promote economic growth, healthier families, and greater rights and protections for women.
The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach other people–grownups, boys, girls all across the world–a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and opportunity. October 11 is not just a day but a movement. 10.11.12 is bigger than one issue, one organization, or even one country.
Two days before the first ever International Day of the Girl--a day that highlights, among other issues, the importance of girls' education--a brave young Pakistani girl was nearly killed for her public stand in favor of girls education rights, a poignant reminder of the struggle many girls continue to face in claiming their right to an education.
Malala Yousufzai, an eigth grade Pashtun student from Swat District in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, bravely blogged for the BBC under a pseudonym about atrocities committed by the Taliban against the Swat people. Her father ran one of the last schools to educate girls in the region, and Malala wrote about her passion for education and her desire to pursue an advanced degree despite the Taliban's restrictions against education for girls.