October 11 is the International Day of The Girl, a global observance day declared by the United Nations. It is a day to help increase worldwide awareness for improving girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential. UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated, "We need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls in our families, communities and nations. Girls can be powerful agents of change, and nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life."
To mark the 2019 celebration, a group of Ursuline students gathered at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, with 450 other high school girls to participate in Westchester County’s conference. Through panels, break-out sessions and musical performances, our students were encouraged to use their voices, to be resilient, to stand up for what they believe and to achieve their potential. A prominent conference theme was for girls to permeate love, respect and dignity in their community, home and school. Pictured below is our group with Global Education Director Mrs. Barton, English teacher Ms. Gaughan, and Assistant Principal of Student Life Mrs. Lynch.
Back on our own campus, we recognized this day and promoted our global theme this year of Girls' Access to Education. A special T-shirt was created and sold. Proceeds were directed to charities supporting girls' education worldwide and general scholarship endowment at The Ursuline School. The Women for Women International Club helped distribute the shirts during the week and organized Ursuline's representation at the Westchester County Day of the Girl Celebration at Manhattanville College.