To mark International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, The MATCH International Women’s Fund invited a select group of experts to our office – our daughters! Eight girls ages 5 to 16 gathered with The MATCH Fund CEO Jess Tomlin for a Q&A on the needs and challenges of girls around the world.
With the 2018 theme “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce” in mind, topics ranged from gender equality, the wage gap, boys, school, women in politics, career aspirations, and even slavery (yes, the girls got deep). “Who is going to change the world for girls?” asked Tomlin. In what was sure to be a proud moment for their onlooking moms, “Us!” was the unanimous reply from our panel of future feminists.
The girls then debriefed with some Timbits and crafts. Who knew our girl leaders were also skilled artists?
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International Day of The Girl Child is a day to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face. The fact is – it’s not easy being a girl. Globally, 130 million girls of school age are out of school. Each year, 12 million girls married before they are 18. Around the world, 1 in 5 girls become mothers before the age of 18. The MATCH Fund and our inspiring partners aim to change that.
Outside of Canada, our partners were busy proving that girls are not the leaders of tomorrow, they’re the leaders of right now:
Her Turn (Nepal) celebrated the graduation of 150 girls from their four week long “Her Turn” workshop.
Resource Center for Women and Girls (Kenya) hosted an open door day for the public to come discuss issues that girls face in the region like child marriage and gender-based violence.
Forum des Femmes Autochtones du Cameroun (Cameroon) had a workshop to build the capacity of young girls to fight against child marriage in conflict zones alongside Girls Not Brides, followed by consultations with girls about their future careers.
Aliab Rural Development Agency (South Sudan) hosted an event with the United Nations Population Fund to advocate for protecting girls from child marriage.
Feminist Approach to Technology (India) ran “Flights of Courage”, an annual event in Delhi to highlight girls’ rights. Activities included a dance performance to a Bollywood song about fearlessness and two film screenings that shed a light on the effect of child marriage on communities.
Boxgirls (Kenya) hosted “BoxEd Fun Day”, an event that combined education and boxing to show the importance of girls’ education and mentorship. They also visited an orphanage to donate sanitary pads and share a meal.