Today, October 11, is International Day of the Girl.
People are thinking about the world we’ve created for the next generation of women, marvelling their achievements, imagining their future and pondering ways to foster their potential.
But what does it all mean, beyond the news stories, and hashtags, and symbolism? What does it mean for the everyday person, especially if they don’t have a girl in their life?
If all the girls in the world could read…
Well, if you choose to lend your support to these organisations, it can mean a girl graduates from school, has basic sanitary supplies, stability, someone to lean on, that someone cares. It can mean the world.
Here are five practical things you can do, today, to make the world a better place for girls in need.
1. Share the dignity of sanitary items with vulnerable girls.
Period poverty isn’t something that only happens in developing nations.
Right here in Australia, there are girls using socks, newspaper or toilet paper as a substitute for the sanitary items they or their families simply can’t afford. Many skip school as a direct result. Some have even ended up in hospital, after leaving tampons in for days at a time, knowing it’s the last one they had left.
Every year, Share The Dignity collects thousands of sanitary products around Australia and distributes them to front-line services, including schools in poverty stricken areas, family crisis shelters and homelessness organisations.
To volunteer three hours a week to help with deliveries, or to donate, visit the Share the Dignity website.
2. Give $1 to fund a girl’s school day.
Educating women and girls is widely understood to be the most powerful and effective way to address global poverty. Women who finish secondary school earn more money, have smaller, healthier families, and are more likely to educate their own children — breaking the cycle of illiteracy within their family.
Yet women and girls represent two-thirds of the 750 million people around the world who are illiterate.