10.11.12 International Day of the Girl
Thanks to the tireless efforts of AUDACIA participant Plan International, and its partners, the United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 to be the first-ever International Day of the Girl. ...
Malala Yousafzai, a fifteen year old Pakistani blogger, has been using her voice to advocate for girls’ education for years. In an attempt to silence her, Taliban gunmen stormed her school van in October 2012 and shot her in the head.
Millions have been inspired by the bravery of this fifteen year old girl, who had the courage to be a voice for change and human rights in the face of harassment, threats, and violence. To honor her, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools called for a “moment of voice,” rather than a “moment of silence.” See girls from around the world respond and speak out on why girls’ education is important to them.
A new article in The Guardian explores how information and communication technology can be used to empower girls worldwide. Girls say the use of ICT can help them "reduce their sense of isolation, help acquire new skills, actively participate in national and global dialogues, learn about taboo subjects (such as reproductive health and HIV), and makes them feel safer and more in touch with family and friends, and strengthens self-esteem. They also feel ICT helps them improve their ability to express themselves, speak in public, and engage with adults and other decision makers to negotiate their needs and rights." Read more here. (Photo credit: UN Photo by Paulo Filgueiras)
AUDACIA participants will be interested to see this new piece of work from Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as part of their Half the Sky movement. Debuting October 1 & 2 on PBS stations nationwide, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” is a four-hour documentary film. “Filmed in 10 countries, the series follows Nicholas Kristof and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.
The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity.” Tune in tonight!
Thanks to the tireless efforts of AUDACIA participant Plan International, and its partners, the United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 to be the first-ever International Day of the Girl. To mark the occasion, fellow AUDACIA participant 10x10 is offering the tools needed for YOU to host an International Day of the Girl event. Register here and 10x10 will provide exclusive video content, engaging video clips about the impact of girls’ education, a sneak peak at the feature film coming in Spring 2013 that will be narrated by Meryl Streep, and much more!
DFID, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, is sponsoring a Girls’ Education Challenge. According to DFID, “The initiative calls on NGOs, charities and the private sector to find better ways of getting girls in school and ensuring they receive a quality of education to transform their future. The Girls’ Education Challenge will support projects that are able to demonstrate new and effective ways to expand education opportunities to marginalised girls that can be robustly evaluated to widen their impact.” To learn more about these funding opportunities, look here.
AUDACIA’s New Ideas Forum is now up online! Do you have questions about monitoring and evaluation, and the best implementation of metrics? Are you grappling with questions of sustainability with funders? If so, this is the panel for you! Watch as other young organizations ask their questions of our expert panel.
Camfed embraces new technology that allows for the more efficient collection of data for its girls’ education programs in Africa. “Using phones to collect data not only saves on resources, reduces risks associated with loss of paper forms in transit, and minimizes errors during data entry and analysis,” said David Nkrumah Boateng of Camfed Ghana, “but it also serves as a unique tool that helps us in the country office keep in touch with volunteers in the field and significantly improves our ability to respond to issues in real time”. In addition, this new technology features an auto translate feature that allows volunteers to enter data in their own language, and automatically translates the information into English in the receiving database. Learn more here. (Photo ©UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0824/Jan Grarup)
The International Council for Research on Women (ICRW) just released a new report examining “Girls’ Education, Empowerment, and Transitions to Adulthood.” Drawing on contributions to the consultation from organizations like BRAC, CAMFED, UNICEF, Nike Foundation, as well as AUDACIA, ICRW undertakes a more in-depth analysis of the linkages between education and positive development outcomes. ICRW concludes that “education offers many of the ingredients for a successful transition to adulthood, namely ‘the acquisition of relevant capacities, including cognitive competencies, marketable skills, social capital, and complementary values and motivations, that enable individuals to function effectively in a range of adult roles, including worker, household provider, parent, spouse, family caretaker, citizen, and community participant.’”
Rose Odengo, Senior Reporter for the Global Press Institute, writes about an interesting initiative to break down the communications barriers between students and adults. The Talking Box, an initiative for girls in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, invites students to write down concerns they are afraid to discuss with their teachers or parents, so that adults can address them. The box provides anonymity and a safe space for students to share challenges they face. Educators say The Talking Box is reducing school dropouts and improving academic performances. Read the complete article here. (Photo Credit: Rose Odengo)