“Safe girls, a stronger Nicaragua!" was the slogan for the run with more than a thousand people attending on Sunday October 22nd to the 5K run For the Girls that takes place for its four year on a row as part of the International Day of the Girls activity, organized by The Power of the Girls movement.
Past five in the morning when girls, boys, adolescents and adults of all ages joined together at the Nicaragua Institute of Sports (IND) to raise awareness about the forms of violence that girls, adolescents and young women of our society go through.
Girls and adolescents leaders of the Power of the Girls Movement explained that by taking part of this activity they express their personal commitment to girl’s rights of living without violence.
“Us girls we want to live without violence and live our rights. We must be treated just like the boys, we all have the same rights to be respected and to live happy during our childhood and for the rest of our lives”, said Valeria, a girl who is part of the movement.
In the activity, a representation of girls and boys with disabilities took part as well and they receive awards in a special category. Girls and boys under 6 years, adolescents, young people, sports professionals and elderly people also have a special recognition.
In Puerto Cabezas, not even the rain nor the wind stopped the movement and Miskito girls and boys with their families walked and run to support the fight against violence towards children.
This is an effort of more than ten organizations who joined together to fight against violence towards girls, adolescents and women of Nicaragua. Through the fundraising, this year the rehabilitation of the playground of La Esperanza shelter will take place, where girls who survived violence are living.