‘International Day of the Girl Child’ is celebrated on October 11 across the world every year. First lady Michelle Obama danced to the tunes of Beyonce, Demi Lovato and Esperanza Spalding while celebrating the day. First Lady gave exceptional life advice to 1,000 schoolgirls at the launching event of USS Illinois submarine.
October 11 was declared as the International Day of the Girl Child by United Nations General Assembly on December 19, 2011 by adopting the Resolution 66/170. This was done so as to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Michelle Obama discussed her new girls’ education initiative, #62MillionGirls. The ‘Let Girls Learn’ campaign has been launched with an aim to expand access to education for more than 62 million girls around the world, even in some developing countries. It will also encourage American girls to take advantage of their opportunities.
The advice given by First Lady Michelle Obama included, “You are already mentors because there are girls in your community looking up to you. Compete with the boys, beat the boys, because you all are capable. I want you to be that hungry to get your education. It is going to be the key to your future.”
She told girls to be never afraid of failures as failure is an important part of growth and developing resilience. While sharing her own personal experience she said, “You don’t want to be with a boy who is too stupid to appreciate a smart young lady. There is no boy who is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education. If I worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute at your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States.”
She motivated the girls by giving such precious advises, “You have to fill your bucket with positive energy and if people are bringing you down – whether that’s your boo or your best friend – you have to learn how to push these people to the side.”
Even the first lady to promote awareness for gender inequality around the world tweeted a link to her ‘girl power’ music playlist on the streaming music platform Spotify.
During the second International Day of the Girl Child in the year 2013 UNICEF laid emphasis that more girls should be sent to school for studying and the quality of education for all children should be improved. At that time as per the UNICEF evidences ‘millions of girls are not able to step in the premises of the school. Further somewhere around 31 million primary school aged girls have been denied quality education and a chance to reach their full potential’.
During 2013 Anthony Lake – UNICEF Executive Director said, “Education can transform the lives of girls and strengthen their communities”. Further he added that Innovation can help us reach every girl by transforming education.