Four years ago, the United Nations declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child. Since 2012 this day is devoted to the acknowledgement of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide. The past decade the global community made significant progress in improving the lives of girls during early childhood. Yet, there's plenty to do so let’s create Ripples for Change together and support this important cause!
Access to education, nutrition, legal rights, and medical care should not be gender specific. We have a dark and long history of persecuting people based on issues such as gender, race or beliefs. Unfortunately, prejudice is still experienced on a daily basis. A well-known example is the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan in 2012 on her return from school. Malala was shot as punishment for her campaigning for the rights for girls to be educated.
On crowdRipple we've gathered several projects that support causes relating to the issues observed on International Day of the Girl Child.
Soap with impact
A harsh reality in several countries is the enslavement of women into sex trade. Women and girls are often tricked and sold to brothels. They are made to feel indebted to their owners as well as unaccepted by society. Touch Nature: Kolkata is a non-profit organization that offers an alternative way of generating income for these women by making and selling soap under the brand PremaTouch. They also help them with the acceptance and reimagining of their place within society. Check out their crowdfunding project here.
The sky is the limit
The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls is an ABC book that presents the many ways girls can imagine themselves in their future as adults. This book, developed by a father and daughter, shows girls at a young age that the limits placed on girls in the workplace don’t need to apply in their futures. We are not bound to the conventions of the past!
Message in a .. box!
Camouflaging is a word to describe the outward behaviour that adolescent girls develop after the age of 8. The need to fit in triumphs over the expression of their personal ambition. Tia Girl Club has established a treasure box that is sent out to girls each month with an inspiring female role model as well as positive messages to encourage girls to hold on to their true voice and avoid the traps of camouflaging. We think this regular reinforcement is a great idea!
Coding school for girls in Afghanistan
Access to education in Afghanistan for girls drops dramatically as girls age. Fereshteh Forough has begun a school in Afghanistan that teaches computer coding to women. Forough has her Master’s degree in Computer Sciences and is passionate and driven towards empowering women with practical skills. Her crowdfunding campaign has been incredibly popular but could still use our continued support!
International day of the Girl Child officially happens only once a year, but let us keep this issue fresh in our minds and give to these causes that have ongoing effects.
Would you like to learn more about brands that are actively involved in improving the situation for the Girl Child worldwide? A list of 10 brands and their inspiring products that enable you to contribute can be found here.