In 2012, the United Nation’s proclaimed October 11 as ”International Day of the Girl Child.” The day promotes girls human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world. (www.unwomen.org)
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP and the South Side Coalition on Urban Girls hosted the first International Day of the Girl Chicago Rally. The rally was held outside at Daley Plaza and attended by approximately 300 girls. The theme was “I’m A Girl and I Matter” and was continuously chanted during the rally as a call and response.
Some of Chicago’s successful women came out to share words of wisdom or to simply show their support. Guest included News Reporter Judy Hsu, Treasurer Stephanie Neeley, States Attorney Anita Alvarez, and Senator Iris Martinez. The rally also showcased several youth performers and organizations. Global Girls, Yemi Marie, Voices of the City, and the Multicultural Dance Company were among those who performed. Karina Arceo from El Patron-95.5 was the guest MC and music was provided by Soul 106.3 DJ Sundance.
The #DayoftheGirl ended with everyone receiving and reading a poem titled “I’m A Girl and I Matter” and learning the “Power Up For Girls” shuffle. What a unique and inspiring way to celebrate girls in our city. We truly enjoyed being a part of this event and can’t wait until next year for the next one.
For more information about this organization or it’s coalition visit www.demoiselle2femme.org.