Girls Just Wanna Have…

SHE celebrated the second annual International Day of the Girl (October 11th) in Rwanda and in the U.S. by doing what we do best: making menstruation matter by instigating awareness.

We kicked off celebrations with a call-in show on Radio Rwanda. SHE Rwanda COO Julian was featured on Radio Rwanda to discuss how SHE LaunchPads and our education and advocacy initiatives are help to advance girls’ improvement in education. The most popular segment of the program was when listeners called in with their own questions. Guess who called in with the most questions: men! Yes, men called in not only to ask questions, but to declare their support for SHE!

The celebrations continued in Rwanda when SHE’s Marketing Officer Gerardine attended at FAWE and UNFPA’s Day of the Girl event in Rubavu. Students performed poems, songs, artwork, and skits that focused on this year’s Day of the Girl theme, “Innovations in Girls’ Education”. The Executive Secretary of the Kanama sector also spoke and congratulated ongoing efforts by parents, teachers, and other stakeholders for investing in the girls’ and supporting efforts to end gender-based violence.

The SHE Global team celebrated Day of the Girl too. UNICEF gave us the opportunity to show the world our SHE LaunchPad as an example of great innovation to improve girls’ education at their global event along with innovations from the Girl Scouts, Girls Who Code, and Intel/Stanford.

SHE’s Connie Lewin and Ali Sugarman, a SHE intern and all-round SHE advocate, showcased our LaunchPad to an audience of 200+ that included Day of the Girl youth advocates, UN, UNICEF, and Plan International leaders, ABC News’s David Muir and actress Freida Pinto!

Ali and Connie at UNICEF’s Day of the Girl Celebration

Actress Freida Pinto (center, in white dress) was excited about the LaunchPad!

International Day of the Girl may be over, but you can still keep celebrating! Sign the The Girl Declaration, a call to action to put girls at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.  You can also celebrate by shaking along to Beyonce’s “Who runs the world? Girls” too!