Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia, SSND, director of the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s United Nations Non-governmental Organization Office, arranged for 40 AHA students to attend the Eighth Annual International Day of the Girl. Held at the United Nations in New York City, this event celebrates young female leaders and promotes activism to support the rights of girls throughout the world.
Performers and contributors shared stories about girls on nearly every continent. Contributors included representatives from Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, the United States of America, Uzbekistan, and the United Kingdom.
Topics ranged from immigration, education, and leadership to violence, health, and sanitation.
This annual celebration was established through the UN General Assembly’s 2011 adoption of Resolution 66/170, which designated a day that showcases young female leaders and explores ways to better the lives of girls everywhere. The first International Day of the Girl was held in October of 2012.