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International Day to focus on the power of girls

International Day to focus on the power of girls

International Day to focus on the power of girls

The International Social Justice Commission is encouraging girls to make creative contributions, such as the painting above, to help show the power of girls.

By Simone Worthing

This year marks the seventh anniversary of the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl.

The International Day of the Girl is celebrated annually on 11 October. The main aims of the day are to promote girl’s empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face.

The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission is asking for contributions to this day from girls all over the world to “help make this year’s celebration the greatest ever!”.

“Let’s inspire everyone about how powerful girls can be – in art, pictures, poetry, songs, video – to showcase the unique role girls play in our world,” the Commission states on its website.

Based on the overall question “What does it mean to be a girl like you where you live today?”, the Commission is asking girls to send in their artwork and stories that respond to any or all of the following specific questions:
1. What does it mean to be a girl where you are?
2. What are the challenges girls face today?
3. We are the generation that will ...!
4. How are girls helping each other where you live?
5. What do you love about being a girl?
6. What do you need today for a successful future? (For example, career, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), education, access.)

The ISJC wants to hear from girls on what it means to be a girl, from where you live and some of the issues that girls face just for being a girl.

The commission want to share with the United Nations what girls in The Salvation Army face in their parts of the world, and to reflect the talents of girls in The Salvation Army around the world.

How to enter

Submissions can be any of these formats:
· Poetry, monologues or stories
· Video (maximum length of three minutes)
· Skit
· Musical performance
· Timbrel group
· Photographs (jpeg files of at least 500x500 pixels)
· Art or graphic design (jpeg files of at least 500x500 pixels)

Attach your file in an email and send to Major Victoria Edmonds at

If you are submitting a video, please upload it to YouTube, and send the name of the video and the link in your e-mail entry. In your submission, include the country you live in, your Salvation Army Territory, and your Salvation Army corps or facility name.

The deadline is 7 September.

Age limit: 18 or younger

“We need to hear from you, girls! Send us your story!”


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