Do you know what day it is? Yes, it’s Oct. 11, 2013, but do you know what we are celebrating today? Today is the first International Day of the Girl Child. The United Nations’ Resolution 66/170 declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. It recognizes girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Mary Kay had a unique opportunity to help spread the message of empowering young girls with the first International Girls Empowerment Conference. Mary Kay Inc. sponsored 30 girls from the United States to attend the conference in Rio De Janeiro earlier this year. Along with girls from America, participants from Chile, Mexico, Brazil and Uruguay, were selected because of their leaderships in communities, schools and initiatives of social development. Through the four days of intense activity, girls shared information about innovative initiatives on girls’ empowerment and promoting the rights of children and adolescents.
The Seminar was realized through fantastic collaboration among the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and Secretariats from the Republic of Brazil. It was a real thrill to be on the ground in Rio, speaking to the girls about Mary Kay and our principles of leadership. Watching the girls build strong connections despite language barriers was amazing.
On the final day, the girls presented their “Rio Manifesto” that declared “Girls Today/Leaders Tomorrow.” They vowed to start in their own communities by encouraging discussions on empowerment of girls, gender equality in the workplace, inclusion of girls in sports and a campaign to show that all girls are beautiful.
The girls decided that their manifesto will launch on Oct. 11th, 2013, International Day of the Girl Child. The girls we empower today are the leaders for tomorrow. Congratulations to all of these young ladies – the future leaders of our world.
Today’s blog post is from Anne Crews. Anne is V.P of Government Relations and has been with Mary Kay for 30 years. In addition to her Government Relations roles, Anne leads the Mary Kay Foundation and the Mary Kay museum teams.