WGG’s “Presence in Rome!"
Amina Mohammed, the Secretary General’s Special Advisor on the Post-2015 Agenda, is a great friend of WGG! Many of you who attended the CSW58 Teen Orientation had a chance to hear Amina’s powerful address to the girl advocates and delegates.
We were pleased to meet with Amina again recently, and to notice that she still wears her WGG wristband – which states “Girls Rights are Human Rights”
in tribute to our WGG principles. In fact, Amina wore her WGG bracelet all the way to Rome! She proudly recalled the story of when she recently met Pope Francis at the Vatican. When she and her family viewed the photo of her shaking the Pope's hand, they discovered that the WGG wristband was prominently displayed in the photo!
Amina has zeroed in on that moment – calling it “the power of a Handshake”.
We couldn’t agree more – and wish Amina continued success in her task – as we partner together to bring forward the girls’ agenda in the Post-2015 process.
• Rima Salah & Beth Adamson •
The power of women & girls is all over this country!
Check out this Teach a Girl to Lead map of local and national trips that highlight women's history and leadership .#IDG2014
July Month of Action:
Helping girls see other girls in the media!
Call for Nominations: UN Women
Deadline: July 31st at 5pm
The UN Women Executive Director is calling for nominations to include two new members to the Global Civil Society Advisory Group as youth representatives.
As the world’s population of young people grows rapidly, working with youth is becoming an increasingly important focus for UN Women. The Executive Director would like to make a strong start by including the voices of eminent youth activists in her advisory group. We are attaching the Call for Nominations HERE – please read the TORs and feel free to nominate individuals and share it with your networks. Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31, 5pm EST
Call for Submissions!
Deadline: Next Friday, August 1st
Girls of the world - we need YOU to celebrate the International Day of the Girl (IDG) at the 2nd annual Girls Speak Out at the United Nations!
Send us your story! We are looking for original stories, poems, artwork, videos, photos, songs, or declarations about what it means to be a girl where you live. We will select a diverse collection of bold, sensitive, funny, powerful, everyday stories of girls’ lives to be performed LIVE by girls at the United Nations in NYC on Friday, October 10th.
Send your original work to:
email@example.com by Friday, August 1st. Click here for submission requirements.
Save the Date:
Fri, Sept. 5 | 10AM - 1PM
Join us for a panel discussion on child early and forced marriage worldwide including the development of the Post-2015 agenda. Hosted by the government of Canada, the discussion will feature grassroots and scholarly panelists who will discuss their findings on this issue.
We would love to have WGG present at the session and will forward RSVP information in late August!
Summertime = Advocacy Time!
Join the WGG Advocacy Task Force in their campaign to focus UN member states on Girls!
Experienced WGG members are making mission visits to talk with delegates about "What Girls Want post-2015." WGG membership is invited to participate.
It is a critical time for the WGG to be involved as UNWomen ramp up strategic Beijing+20 efforts .
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in participating during July and August.
Thanks for tuning in to our weekly Working Group on Girls updates and stories!
Regular weekly mailings are sent on Fridays to the WGG membership with priority given to WGG activities, relevant UN programs and events/announcements from WGG members. Other announcements will be included on a case by case basis.
Please forward all girl-centric announcements to Molly Butler, WGG Intern, at email@example.com by Thursday evening for inclusion in the newsletter.
Thanks for your commitment to global girls' rights!