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International Social Justice Commission marks Day of the Girl 2017

International Social Justice Commission marks Day of the Girl 2017

International Social Justice Commission marks Day of the Girl 2017

The International Social Justice Commission celebrated the empowerment of girls on the International Day of the Girl. Their celebrations included displaying artwork and videos from girls around the world, including the above, from The Salvation Army's Brazil Territory.

By Jacob Hevenor

The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission (ISJC) played an important role in proceedings at the United Nations (UN) in New York, USA, to mark the fifth annual International Day of the Girl Child (see photo below).

The day – this year held on 11 October – celebrates the value of girls worldwide and mobilises the global community to empower girls and help them realise their potential. The ISJC’s participation particularly highlighted the vital part played by Salvation Army girls worldwide.

An artwork submission from The Salvation Army, India.

The theme for 2017, “EmPOWER Girls: Before, During and After Crises”, included a focus on the distinct challenges that girls face during emergencies such as armed conflict and natural disasters. The vulnerability of girls, it was explained, is greatly magnified during times of crisis.

Speakers from the UN and several non-governmental organisations emphasised the importance of strong pre-existing support systems for girls so that communities are prepared to protect their girls should a crisis arise.

Major Victoria Edmonds, Senior ISJC Representative to the UN, is co-chair of the UN’s Working Group on Girls which organised an event in the UN Economic and Social Council Chamber with the theme “Girls Speak Out: Justice for Girls”.

Girls linked to the international Salvation Army were invited, several months ago, to participate in the day by submitting artwork, photography and video. The ISJC posted several of the submitted pieces during the day itself.

A collection of “God’s Eye” weavings from the Brazil Territory, several drawings from the India Central Territory, a video about gender inequality in the Pakistan Territory, posters advocating for justice for girls in the USA Western Territory and a video about valuing girls in the USA Western Territory can all be found on the ISJC Facebook page and on Twitter (@salvarmyisjc).

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