Today is the International Day of the Girl (Stand Up for Girls!)

523 million girls and women worldwide cannot read or write.

How can this be true in 2012? After watching Half the Sky on PBS last week, I am convinced that the key to ending poverty, suffering, and improving communities worldwide is women and girls. So many are left behind by a lack of education, by certain harmful cultural practices, and endemic violence and stereotypes. 

Litworld started Stand Up with Girls in 2011. LitWorld’s Stand Up for Girls campaign advocates for every girl’s right to a quality education. By learning to read and write, all girls in the world can protect themselves against poverty, poor health outcomes and lifelong struggle. Literacy is a skill that once learned, is hers forever. 

You can get involved in the many Litworld Stand Up for Girls events, activities, and take a pledge of support here. 

This year, the United Nations officially sanctioned October 11 as the annual International Day of the Girl.

CARE takes on the issue of child marriage, with shocking facts such as 25,000 girls become child brides every day. Every day! Child brides are 2 times more likely to be beaten by their husbands. We can’t let this happen.  You can learn more about the issue and take action at here.  They have great resources including tweets, badges, videos and links. 

Stand up for girls worldwide! 

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