2018 has been a year of great progress for girls, despite the rise in regressive forces and the prevailing patriarchy.
Girls demand gender equality
Despite having the full force of the patriarchy working against them, girls and young women have nonetheless been finding ways of mobilising, campaigning, networking and speaking out about abuse, discrimination and inequality.
Girls too suffer sexism and harassment
In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, across the globe, girls too have been rising up against violence and harassment. From the many who shared their everyday experiences to help form the report: Unsafe in the City, to the thousands of girls who helped identify risk areas in their cities via the Free to Be app.
Girls have been campaigning for better access to sexual health care and information in order to reduce teenage pregnancy rates in their communities, in order to take charge of their bodies and their lives. They've been saying #endFGM and #endGBV as well as campaigning for education funding for the world's most vulnerable from the most powerful.
As ever, the #GirlsTakeover day of collective action on International Day of the Girl was a huge success, with over 1000 takeovers taking place in 60 countries. Presidents, prime ministers, media organisations and massive multinationals could not escape the awe-inspiring power and potential of girls.
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Join the movement: take the pledge
This year also saw the launch of the girl-led campaign for gender equality: Girls Get Equal. The growing, global movement demanding equal power, freedom and respect for girls everywhere.
As the year draws to a close it’s not too late to show your support. Sign the Girls Get Equal pledge and keep up to date with next year’s Girls Get Equal moments. It’s sure to be even more impressive!
Take the pledge
I pledge to help build a world where girls are equally seen, heard and valued.
I won’t stop until #GirlsGetEqual freedom. I will defend their right to be safe wherever they are, and speak up without fear of harassment or violence.
I won’t stop until #GirlsGetEqual power. I will support girls to become leaders and take part in all decisions that affect their lives.
I won’t stop until #GirlsGetEqual stories. I will call out discrimination and stereotyping where I see it on the screen, in print and in advertising, to make room for stories of girls’ power and achievement.