Tuesday, October 9, 2012

International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2012 is the very first International day of the girl! It was started to raise awareness to the plight of young girls around the world.  Sadly many young girls are still victims of child marriages and becoming mothers way too young.  This makes them statistically at a higher risk for death, and yet it continues.   As a Mom, and a member of  Mom Bloggers for Social Good, I felt compelled to bring you this story.  No saving deals here, something much more important, saving lives.   

I cannot imagine my daughter at the age of 8 being forced to marry, or being abused.   That just breaks my heart.   But that is how young some of these children are when they are forced into a child marriage.  Since their bodies have not had a chance to fully develop at that young of an age they are at a great risk when they become pregnant.  Some die during a very painful child birth.

Some young girls in this world never get a chance to have a education.  Some are forced to quit school.  Never getting a chance to live a happy life, and only living in abuse.  That is unacceptable! 

So this International Day of the Girl will be held for the very first time on October 11, 2012 to bring worldwide awareness to issues girls’ face.

Here is how you can get involved:

Simply follow  #DayoftheGirl on Twitter to keep up to date with news and events you can participate in.

Join the Facebook campaign and raise your hand for a girl. 

 care day of girl banner 300x167 3 Organizations To Support on International Day of the Girl (10.11.12)    Help the Care.org’s Help End Child Marriage campaign.

You can help spread the word about Care’s Help End Child Marriage on Twitter and Facebook by attaching a Twibbon to your profiles

Join the International Day of the Girl Child Blog Hop: Paula Rudnicka of Smile Play Learn is organizing a blog hop for those who are writing posts about the Day of the Girl.  The blog hop goes live on October 11.


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