Day of the Girl
The United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child in 2011. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”
This day is dedicated to the uniting of activists for the common goal of highlighting, discussing and activating to advance rights and opportunities for girls throughout the world.
In the United States, Day of the Girl is a 100 percent youth-led movement to fight for gender justice and youth rights. It’s a day of national action.
Girls’ Well-Being Ranks Low in Texas vs. the United States
Last year, Girl Scouts released the State of Girls – the first research report to focus on the health and well-being of the 26 million girls living in the U.S. Recent trends in the well-being of girls living in Texas illustrate troubling stats that show why Day of the Girl should not be limited to one day.
According to the 2017 State of Girls data, Texas state is ranked 42nd in the nation when it comes to factors that affect the well-being of girls. This includes troubling statistics such as:
- Texas’ number of girls ages 5-17 living in poverty being 5% higher than the national average.
- The number of fourth-grade girls who do not participate in any organized activities being 6% higher than the national average.
- From 2007 to 2012, the number of girls ages 6-17 who exercise less than four days per week decreased 11%.
- More girls in Texas have emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues than a decade ago and more girls are living in poverty and in single-parent families (an adverse childhood experience that factors into other risky behavior) than 10 years ago.
- Not only are girls in Texas at greater risk than girls across the country but that within Texas, the trends are against them so the time to act is NOW.
Help Our Girls Rise in Rank
Data is not destiny! As the premier leadership organization for girls, Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring that all girls develop to their full potential. Take a stand by celebrating Day of the Girl in one of the following ways:
- Donate $25 to sponsor a girl’s membership dues for the year
- Donate $340 to sponsor a girl’s membership, uniform and activities for a year
- Volunteer to create more troops in areas where leaders are needed
- Donate to support programming that helps girls across our council area
- Form a volunteer group and support a community event at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center