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EWL Members WAGGGS plan Twitter take over for day of the girl child

(Brussels 10 October 2013) European Week of Action for Girls 2013 - Making the invisible visible: Girls as drivers of change

Girl Guide to take over UN Women’s Twitter accounts on 11 October

Did you know half of the world’s population, over 3.5 billion people, is under 25? And half again are girls and young women? This is a powerful force of energy, capacity, innovation and knowledge, but which still remains largely untapped. Whether it is poverty, hunger, unemployment, conflicts, HIV/AIDS or climate change, girls and young women, lacking influence over decision-making processes that affect their lives, are particularly vulnerable, as well as facing double discrimination of gender and age.

For millions of girls worldwide, their dreams, ambitions and plans shatter only because they are girls. Yet, girls and young women are important agents of change, and have the right to live free of violence and discrimination, where good education and decent job prospects are not distant dreams.

If girls are empowered to participate in decision-making, in the life of their communities and in economic, civic and political life, everyone stands to benefit.

The 2nd International Day of the Girl on 11th October launches the European Week of Action for Girls 2013, which takes place from 11-18 October under the official patronage of the European Parliament. Events during the week will highlight girls’ potential as powerful drivers of change, calling on the EU to promote and protect girls’ rights worldwide by ensuring they are visible in EU policies and programming.

WAGGGS has called on Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world to take the lead on 11 October to create the world we want for girls. You can find out more information about the European Week of Action for Girls, organized by Plan EU with the support of other civil society organizations such as WAGGGS here.

If you would like to take part in the European Week of Action for Girls, join the #GenderJam which will take place from 9am CET on 11 October on Twitter. Use the hashtags #GenderJam, #EWAG13 and @Europe Region to share what the International Day of the Girl means to you and how Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will be celebrating the day.

UN Women will also be participating in the day

Twitter take-over

For International Day of the Girl Child, #dayofthegirl, and on the occasion of the joint launch of “Voices against Violence”, a non-formal curriculum on ending violence against girls, UN Women is joining the putting “Girls in the Lead”! campaign of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

UN Women will put Girl Guide María Agustina Morando from Argentina (@parakauu of @wagggs_world) in the lead by letting her take over the organization’s Twitter accounts. All tweets by @parakauu will be retweeted by @un_women, @onumujeres and @onufemmes on 11 October between 10 and 11am ET. Follow María for her Twitter take-over!

Events at UN Headquarters

UN Women will also be live tweeting from various events at UN Headquarters on 11 October. Follow the hashtag #dayofthegirl and @un_women!

Launch of non-formal curriculum Voices against Violence

Spread the word about the new non-formal curriculum that UN Women is launching together with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)! Sample tweets are below.

Call for action – show your innovation for girls’ education

Show your innovation for girls’ education through a Vine clip, an Instagram image or video, tweets or Facebook posts! Share innovative initiatives that improve or strengthen girls’ education, and you might be retweeted by @un_women and included in a storify summary.

Promotional material for downloading

#dayofthegirl banner

Sample social media messages

#Voicesagainstviolence:non-formal curriculum by @un_women & @wagggs_world 2end violence agnst girls http://owl.li/pCRKs #dayofthegirl

Non-formal curriculum #voicesagainstviolence by @un_women & @wagggs_world 2reach 5mlln young ppl by2020 http://owl.li/pCRKs #dayofthegirl

1 in 3 women & girls experience abuse in their lifetime. Stand up on the #dayofthegirl! http://owl.li/pCQ25

More than 1 in 3 young women aged 20-24 years are married before age of 18. Let’s stand up for girls. http://owl.li/pCQ25 #dayofthegirl

On #dayofthegirl @phumzileunwomen calls for world where every girl&boy can grow up w/mutual respect,dignity&equality http://owl.li/pCQhV
Join live webcast of #dayofthegirl event by @UNICEF @UN_Women @UNGEI & @PlanGlobal, 11Oct,1:15pmET http://owl.li/pCQ25 - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2013/10/twitter-takeover-for-girl-child-day#sthash.SAJuLGaO.dpuf

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