All around the world, International Day of the Girl was celebrated on Oct. 11.  This day is observed for the purpose of educating the public about issues that girls face globally, while promoting girl empowerment.

This year’s theme was “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable” and celebrated the achievements since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Adopted almost 25 years ago in Beijing, China during the Fourth World Conference on Women, this declaration was the first to recognize girls’ rights and not just women’s rights. It also outlined the global framework for change. In the past 25 years, women’s and girls’ issues have been pushed locally and globally, and this platform has gained some ground and publicity. Sadly, there is still much work to be done.

As the CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, I am extremely proud that our organization routinely participates in United Nation activities marking the International Day of the Girl. Girl Scouts believes that girls can be advocates for themselves and others, and also be agents of change.

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Having girl representatives participating in this effort gives them first-hand experience in advocating for global action and change. This is also an educational experience for many girls who are meeting and interacting with community leaders.

I am so proud of the work we do to develop the next generation of female leaders. I know that girls can and will change the world.