International Every Girl Wins Day is celebrated on March 13. This holiday helps bring attention to women’s rights worldwide, especially to young girls. The celebrations involve talks, lectures, and conferences on women’s empowerment in every country. The goal is to achieve long-term systemic change that addresses women’s rights to equity. The day also inspires young girls to take pride in their most essential assets. They are encouraged to support each other and be ambassadors of the female empowerment movement, not just beneficiaries of it. The Every Girl Wins Institute introduced this holiday.
History of International Every Girls Wins Day
Every Girls Institute founder and C.E.O., Dr. Christine Kozachuk, established March 13 as International Every Girl Wins Day. Dr. Kozachuk started the initiative to help young girls turn their lives around and become successful members of society. The institute shows young women that they can overcome challenges holding them back from leading fulfilling personal and professional lives. The organization provides written lessons, visual interactions, and group sessions — teaching students how to turn their ambitions into achievements and create action plans for their goals in life. The Every Girl Wins Institute is not the first organization dedicated to this cause.
The women’s rights movement began in the 19th century, focusing on voting rights. In July 1848, around 300 people — most of them women — gathered in New York to lay the foundation for the women’s rights movement, including strategies to achieve their goals. This meeting is known as the Seneca Convention, and it resulted in the approval of a voting rights resolution. However, this was only the beginning of decades of activism and lobbying, for even the most tolerant and supportive male congressmen were reluctant to allow women to vote.
In 1890, the National American Woman Suffrage Association was formed. Between 1910 and 1914, NAWSA made significant gains at the state level and, by 1917, succeeded in getting a woman elected to the U.S. Congress. This year coincided with the U.S’ entry into the First World War. Groups like the Women’s Land Army showed that women could play an active and productive role in the modern world if given equal opportunity and freedom. Today, hundreds of organizations are dedicated to women’s rights, including U.N. Women and the Global Fund for Women, but there’s still a long way to go.
International Every Girls Wins Day timeline
At the first conference for women’s rights organized by women, 68 women and 32 men sign the Declaration of Sentiments, sparking a movement that ends in the passing of the 19th Amendment.
Sojourner Truth, an abolitionist and women’s rights activist, gives her famous ‘Ain’t I A Woman?’ speech in Akron, Ohio.
Elizabeth C. Stanton and Susan B. Anthony establish the National Woman Suffrage Association on May 15.
Jeanette Rankin, a longtime member of the National Woman Suffrage Association, is sworn in as the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress as a member of the House of Representatives.
International Every Girls Wins Day FAQs
What is the point of women’s rights?
Fighting for women’s rights leads to better legal protection from social, economic, and sexual violence.
When did the women’s rights movement start?
The women’s movement started in the mid-19th century.
What were women’s rights groups fighting for?
Early women’s rights movements fought for the right to vote.
How to Observe International Every Girls Wins Day
Sign the proclamation
Sign the proclamation to stand with all women for freedom and equal opportunity. The pledge supports women’s literacy in healthcare, economics, entrepreneurship, and education.
Buy a t-shirt
Buy a t-shirt from the Every Girls Wins Institute. Each purchase donates five dollars to support a girl child’s tuition, uniform, and essentials.
Encourage the women in your life
Call up or send letters of encouragement to the women in your lives. Reach out to women and girls in your community to discuss their rights, challenges, and what you can do to help them.
5 Important Facts About Women’s Rights
Women work more extended hours
When all work is considered — paid and unpaid — women work longer hours than men and spend at least twice as much time on domestic work.
Many women have no legal protection
Around 235 million women worldwide have no legal protection against sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination at work.
Women in politics
Women make up only about 25% of parliamentarians worldwide.
Laws on job restrictions
More than 2.7 billion women cannot access the same work opportunities as men due to laws restricting the types of jobs they can do.
Less than 15% of women worldwide are landholders, despite most women in the global south working in agriculture.
Why International Every Girls Wins Day is Important
It helps eradicate poverty
Girls don’t receive the same employment and education opportunities as boys, which leads to higher poverty rates among young girls. This inequality keeps women and their families in a cycle of poverty. Ensuring women receive equal rights and opportunities is a sustainable way to eradicate poverty.
A stronger workforce, better organizations
Women who receive the same education and job opportunities as men will improve their organizations. The University of California found that companies with women in top leadership positions performed better than organizations with most male leadership.
It boosts the economy
Increasing women’s participation in the economy increases the G.D.P. They can make enormous contributions to businesses and organizations as workforces and entrepreneurs. It sets the stage for inclusive economic growth and helps eradicate poverty.
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