Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy International Day of the Girl!

Since 2012, October 11 has been the official International Day of the Girl. The day highlights and addresses the needs girls have and the challenges they face while promoting their empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

To celebrate this important day, Girl Scouts is rallying girls and those who care about them to do their part to encourage more girls to engage in civic action to better their communities. The world’s 1.1 billion girls are an unstoppable force with limitless potential. Many are already taking action to empower themselves, work toward their dreams, and contribute to their communities.

But there’s so much more to do to achieve justice for girls and ensure that they’re prepared to take action and make their voices heard. The G.I.R.L. Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts is a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to lead positive change through civic action.

Through online civic engagement resources tailored for girls ages 5–17, it’s easier than ever to support and prepare girls to be empowered, motivated citizens. Whether they choose to advocate for positive change in their communities, stand up against everyday injustices, prompt others to donate or volunteer for causes, or meet with public officials and community leaders to educate them about important issues, girls have plenty of options to get started.

To advance the G.I.R.L. Agenda and inspire the next generation of female leaders to become catalysts for change, take your voice to social media!

On Facebook and Instagram, share stories that illustrate how girls engage in civic action and include a link to On Instagram, include #GIRLagenda.

Check out these great examples from this year’s National Young Women of Distinction.

    • Elizabeth K., Gold Award Girl ScoutGirl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
      • Bees are critical to our livelihood and food chain, and more and more are becoming endangered. Through grassroots advocacy and education efforts, Elizabeth taught the public how to take action to help bees, successfully persuading lawmakers in New York State to pass legislation to protect bee populations. Learn how you can take civic action at
    • Vilmarie O.  Gold Award Girl Scout | Girl Scouts of Caribe
      • After Vilmarie’s mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), Vilmarie became an educator and advocate for people with MS and cancer. She advocated for the approval of Senate Bill 1180, which sought to create a required centralized registry of people diagnosed with MS. Both legislative assemblies of Puerto Rico approved the measure, and the bill became the first law in the world requiring a registry of people with MS, which will shed light on the incidence of this disease and assist in obtaining federal funding for research. Learn how you can take civic action at
    • Caroline C., Gold Award Girl Scout | Girl Scouts of Citrus
      • To create a more meaningful relationship between travelers passing through her community and those who live in it, Caroline established a charitable foundation for the Orlando International Airport. She worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and state government agencies to place collection bins before TSA checkpoints and throughout the airport terminals so travelers could donate their spare change to local charities. Learn how you can take civic action at
On Twitter, share civic engagement resources and include #GIRLagenda with a link to G.I.R.L. Agenda resources available at
  • Here are some examples:
    • Support the #GIRLagenda, and prepare a generation of girls to take civic action and use their voices to change the world! 

    • New #GIRLagenda resources will inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls ages 5–17 to lead positive change through civic action!
    • Join @girlscouts to inspire a generation of girls to change the world through civic action! #GIRLagenda