UN MY World Mandela Day: July 18th

On July 18th, Join the UN MY World team and the Nelson Mandela Foundation for a social media day of action ‘Remembering Mandela’.

Mandela Day seeks to inspire people everywhere to take action and change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. The MY World initiative facilitates a global citizen vote at the United Nations, allowing people to have a direct say in shaping a better world through the post-2015 development goals.

mandela.10.2Here is how you can participate:

1) Youtube challenge: In the run up to Mandela Day on July 18th people everywhere are being asked to upload videos of themselves saying their most inspiring Mandela quotes in 30 seconds and posting it onto YouTube with the tagline ‘Remembering Mandela’. From these crowd sourced videos, a compilation video will be created to commemorate Mandela’s legacy and how it resonates with people worldwide. Info: http://blog.myworld2015.org/nelson-mandela-youtube-challenge/

2) Twitter/Thunderclap Campaign: Add your voice to the official Social media rally on July 18 by joining the Mandela Day Thunderclap – sign up in advance. Joining a thunderclap allows you to join a coordinated social media push on Mandela day calling on people everywhere to live the legacy and vote on the UN’s MY World platform. Join here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/13647-remembering-mandela

3) Digital Campaign: inspire your Community on Mandela day in his own words by posting a series of social media quotes and photos, which can be found in the social media toolkit: http://tinyurl.com/mandelakit


WGG Celebrates the Launch of Beijing +20

10305593_10100424687729429_1939139811920099301_nWGG Girl Advocate Diana prepares for her speech about the importance of girls’ rights in the Beijing Platform for Action with Gloria Steinem. Follow the conversation with @UN_Women and the movement with #Beijing20 #UNGirls.

“The Beijing Agenda is not the women’s agenda. It’s the agenda for humanity.” – UN Women

Celebrate IDG 2014 at the 2nd Annual Girls Speak Out

1KW_9054The Working Group on Girls is proud to partner with Day of the Girl Summit to host the 2nd Annual Girls Speak Out at the United Nations on 10 October 2014.

This year, the Girls Speak Out will focus on tell the stories of girls from around the world. We need to hear from YOU! 

Reflect on a specific moment in your life when you thought to yourself, “THIS is what it means to be a girl!” It could be a brave act, a moment of connection, a time when you overcame an obstacle, a life turning point, a best friend adventure, or a silly celebration.

Then send it to the IDG Summit! 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 during at the United Nations in New York City on Friday, October 10th.

And get this! We will also feature a select collection of stories on the IDG Summit site for the entire month of October in celebration of IDG 2014! www.DayoftheGirlSummit.org

cropped-IDG-2013.jpgTo submit your work, you must:

  1. Be a girl (or group of girls) 18 years of age or younger.
  2. Answer the question: what does it mean to be a girl where you live?
  3. Tell us your story. Send your original work to: info@dayofthegirlsummit.org with your name, age, country and contact information by Friday, August 1st

Length requirements for submissions:

  • Short stories (maximum 500 words) and poems (maximum 250 words)
  • Art or Photos: send a picture with a short 50 – 100 word description
  • Video or music (maximum length of 3 minutes)

WGG’s Response to OWG 12 Zero Draft

New 10WGG has prepared a response to the Open Working Group Zero Draft proposing specific amendments to the goals and targets.  You can read a copy of this response: here.  We have sent this to the NGO Major Group for inclusion in their submission at OWG 12.

Please print out the document and use its contents in mission visits and other advocacy moments to further strengthen ‘girls rights’ in the new development framework. Don’t forget to also share WGG’s Post-2015 Agenda.

Special thanks to our Post-2015 and Advocacy Task Forces for their work on this draft.

WGG Girls Address Youth Forum

Editorial By: Disha Banerjee Bhattacharya, WGG Intern Summer 2014

AnCrisAmLizEmJulDishAt the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s Forum on Youth from 2nd-3rd June 2014, UN Women held a side event titled Beijing+20: WHAT? An interactive dialogue with young people about gender equality and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 context. UN Women invited young women and girls to be panelists and participate in a dialogue with Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, ECOSOC President, H.E. Martin Sajdik and Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi.

The discussion between the panelists and the three senior UN officials centered on the twelve critical areas covered by the Beijing Platform for Action, namely, poverty; education and training; health; violence against women; armed conflict; the economy; power and decision-making; institutional mechanisms; humans rights of women; the media; the environment; and the girl-child.

ChrisLizJulAnitFive of WGG’s Girl Advocates, Julia, Christina, Lizzy, Anita and Ameesha, were panelists along with Johanna from the Austrian Youth Council, Tiffany from the YMCA, and Emily from the Girl Scouts.

  • Julia addressed the issue of girls and women as entrepreneurs and innovators and the importance of girls’ and women’s participation in conversations on climate change.
  • Christina discussed the necessity of girls and women in leadership and decision-making roles – as outlined by the Beijing Platform for Action – and the impact that had on her future and the futures of girls around the world.
  • Lizzy explained what gender equality meant to her, why it mattered to her and her peers and her experiences in conversing with young boys on the issue of gender equality.
  • Anita spoke to the merits of and fundamental importance of the Beijing Platform for Action as a means of achieving gender equality and a sustainable future for both women and men alike.
  • Johanna outlined her vision for how education could and should help girls and boys alike to understand and achieve gender equality.
  • Tiffany highlighted how violence against girls and women continues to be a global pandemic and stated that for gender equality to even begin to be realized, it is of utmost importance that this egregious violation of human rights be wholly and completely eliminated.
  • Emily discussed the importance of girl’s and women’s participation in forming, implementing and monitoring environmental policies and the effect environmental issues have on girls and women.
  • Ameesha shared with us her thoughts on the future of girls and women and the importance of ending all forms of discrimination and violence against them so that she and her peers may, in their lifetime, live in a world that is equitable and equal for all.

The event concluded with Ms. Mlambo-Ngucka, Mr. Sajdik and Mr. Alhendawi responding to the comments made by the panelists and by reaffirming and reiterating their commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action and highlighting the importance of having girls as leaders and facilitators of change in the Post-2015 development context.