International #DayOfTheGirl #IDG2017

October 11 marks the 6th celebration of the International Day of the Girl (#IDG2017)

Watch (and share!) this video of USAID Administrator Mark Green and USAID Assistant Administrator Michelle Bekkering discuss the ways that USAID is working to break down the barriers that keep girls from learning and leading.

At USAID, we want every girl to go to school, live in a home and community free from violence, and receive the care she needs to grow healthy and strong.

Empowering girls is a critical step toward our goal of ending the need for foreign assistance. We know that no country can truly succeed if it excludes the voices and talents of half its population-- and we realize that girls are vulnerable to challenges that can stop them from reaching their full potential.

To accelerate progress for girls everywhere, USAID leverages a whole of girl approach.

The Whole-of-Girl Approach

  • Enhances girls’ access to quality education in safe environments
  • Provides economic opportunities and incentives for girls and their families
  • Empowers girls with information, skills and support
  • Mobilizes and educates communities

This #DayOfTheGirl, USAID is highlighting our work to empower girls around the globe.

What We're Saying on Social

Key USAID Achievements in Empowering Girls

  • Over 5 years USAID helped 25.3 million girls #learn through basic education programs #IDG2017 #GirlsShine
  • Last year in Ethiopia, USAID worked with community leaders to prevent 748 cases of #ChildMarriage #IDG
  • 42% fewer girls dropped out of school after USAID partner @WGLG worked with Bangladesh govt to create 289 “Best Schools for Girls”

Sample Tweets for Awareness of Issues Affecting Girls

  • Over past 10 yrs, 58 million girls have been affected by #ChildMarriage. Learn how #CEFMhurts girls: goo.gl/GXzzT2. #IDG2017
  • Girls who marry before 18 are less likely to complete their #education and more likely to experience #GBV. #IDG2017
  • If 10% more girls attend #school, a country’s GDP could increase by an average of 3% #IDG2017
  • Every day, about 1,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV. https://goo.gl/QGiZVQ #IDG2017
  • Increasing a girl’s secondary education by one year raises her future income by an avg of 10 - 20%. #IDG2017

Help Us Help #GirlsShine

The world is brighter when girls share their spark! To mark #IDG2017, USAID will launch #GirlsShine, a global conversation designed to amplify girls' voices.

We invite you to share stories, photos, videos, and the messages that express USAID’s commitment to uplift girls by using the#GirlsShine hashtag.

  • #GirlsShine when they can #learn, #lead & be healthy! How do you empower girls around you? #IDG2017
  • Join USAID in helping #GirlsShine on #DayoftheGirl! Watch for stories about our work to empower girls around the world. 🌠 #IDG2017
  • The 🌏 is brighter when girls share their spark! #GirlsShine #IDG2017
  • Girls everywhere: Fill in the blank and tell the 🌏 that #GirlsShine! “I feel proud when I________” #DayoftheGirl #IDG2017
  • Are you proud of a #girl? Tell us why! Tweet your answer: "I feel proud of my , ________(for example, daughter/sister/niece/friend/student) when________." #GirlsShine #IDG2017

Posts to Personalize

In [NAME OF COUNTRY], we help #GirlsShine and #learn through [NAME OF ACTIVITY or PROJECT] on #IDG207 & every day. [LINK or UPLOAD PHOTO of PROJECT]

Example: In Jordan, we help #GirlsShine and #learn on #IDG2017 & every day. See how at https://goo.gl/5qKN41

We’re inspired by [NAME of BENEFICIARY], a [GIRL] changing her [FAMILY/COMMUNITY/COUNTRY]. Her story on #IDG2017: [LINK]

Example: We’re inspired by Maha, a teacher who wants to help all #GirlsShine! Watch her story on #IDG2017: https://goo.gl/5qKN41

Stories to Share

THE POWER OF GIRLS: Forging Brighter Futures in Zimbabwe


Facebook: If you are a teenage girl growing up in Zimbabwe you have a 1 in 3 chance of being married by age 18-- and the same odds of being a victim of physical violence. One in 6 of your friends already has a baby. Two-thirds of your neighbors live in poverty, and the rest are mostly just scraping by. By the time you reach your early 20s, you will be 3 times as likely as your male peers to be HIV-positive. So how are over 100,000 Zimbabwean girls breaking out of this cycle to take control of their futures? This is their story.

(SHARE LINK: https://usaidpubs.exposure.co/the-power-of-girls)

Twitter: Meet the girls of Zimbabwe: breaking cycles of violence and poverty to forge a brighter future. goo.gl/zTnFZm #GirlsShine #IDG2017

THE NEWEST TRICK IN THE BOOK: A Sixth Grade Lover of Stories Teaches her Mother to Read


Facebook: “I taught my mother to read,” said 12-year-old Aisyah. Her mom, Ibu Anno, hadn’t been able to finish elementary school as a child, and neither had many women her age in Indonesia. To close this literacy gap for future generations, USAID has donated eight million books to 13,000 schools in Indonesia-- giving 3.7 million of Indonesia’s 35 million elementary and middle school students a chance to read, learn and grow. And now, Aisyah and her mom can read together.

(SHARE LINK https://usaidindonesia.exposure.co/05ddba81c4b566503149ff3f187f8175)

Twitter: We help #GirlsShine by promoting #literacy! Read how 12-year-old Aisyah taught her mom to read: goo.gl/KifxV1 #IDG2017 #GirlsShine

A CLEAN BREAK, A FRESH START: Students, Teachers and USAID Team Up for Better Health in East Java


Twitter: Tired of sharing 1 restroom with 330 girls, #Indonesia students teamed with #USAID to rebuild! Learn more: goo.gl/MHN4Lv #IDG2017

LET GIRLS MAP: A Youth Mappers Campaign to Help Girls Pinpoint Schools and Clinics

USAID/Global Health Fellows Program II

Twitter: On #IDG2017 help #GirlsShine everywhere! Join @YouthMappers to #LetGirlsMap, tagging schools & health facilities: goo.gl/NTdTrb

WHERE WASH SAVES LIVES: Creating New Traditions in Nepal


Twitter: Girls in #Nepal work to change taboos around menstruation: goo.gl/GHyTUn #IDG2017 #GirlsShine

Additional Resources




10 Fast Facts about Girls

  1. More than one in three women have experienced violence, the vast majority committed by their husbands or male partners. That's 700 million women—close to the total population of sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. In the last decade, child, early and forced marriage has affected approximately 58 million girls, many of whom were married against their will and in violation of international laws and conventions.
  3. In the last decade, child, early and forced marriage has affected approximately 58 million girls, many of whom were married against their will and in violation of international laws and conventions.
  4. Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married before age 18. Of these women, 250 million were married before 15.
  5. Perpetuated by cultural norms, poverty, and lack of access to education, child, early and forced marriage undermines efforts to address maternal health, education, food security, poverty eradication, HIV/AIDS and gender equality.
  6. Educating girls can improve the health of a nation’s economy: if 10 percent more girls attended school, a country’s GDP could increase by an average of three percent.
  7. Each extra year of a mother’s education reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5 - 10%.
  8. On average, increasing a girl’s secondary education by one year raises her future income by 10 to 20 percent.
  9. Research shows that educating girls has a multiplier effect: better educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn more income, marry at a later age, and provide better healthcare and education to their children.
  10. The risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years old, and complications in pregnancy and childbirth is a leading cause of death among adolescent girls in developing countries.
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