Members of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School chapter of School Girls Unite celebrated the Day of the Girl Friday, Oct. 11 with a Day of the Girl Arts and Actions Night in the school cafeteria.
The event, meant to celebrate girls’ rights and recognize the struggles that still exist, featured performances by local teen artists and information booths where participants could learn about and engage in dialogue on specific issues affecting girls. Guest speakers included Donna Wilkinson, wide receiver of the D.C Diva’s (D.C.’s female football team), who spoke on pursuing her passion, and Gary Barker, international director of Promundo, a nonprofit that works with men to eliminate violence against women.
About 250 people attended the event, said Emily Kuttner, co-president with Julia Fine of the B-CC Chapter of School Girls Unite.
“It was so great so see a variety of people from the school and the community, all the ages,” Emily said. “The best part was the energy it was so excited to see so many people dedicated to changing the status quo when it comes to women.”
School Girls Unite is a “...100 percent youth-led movement committed to promoting the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11 as a platform for change in the U.S.,” according to its website www.schoolgirlsunite.org.
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring Oct. 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its purpose is “to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” according to the United Nations website.
The focus of this year’s Day was “Innovating for Girls’ Education.”
“Two years ago, the School Girls Unite Club at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School led the successful campaign to gain U.S. support for the recently recognized U.N. International Day of the Girl,” Kuttner wrote in an email. “This year, the movement against gender injustices continues as the School Girls Unite Club reaches out to involve the community in the Day of the Girl.”