This October 11th marks the first ever International Day of the Girl and people and organisations all around the world will take the day to raise their voices about the significance of supporting girls to feel empowered in the choices and challenges they face in their lives. Meetings and festivities will be taking place across the globe and the London Eye, the pyramids in Egypt and the Empire State Building will all be lit up pink in celebration.
To support this initiative the Southbank Centre in partnership with the charity Plan will celebrate the UN’s first ever International Day of the Girl – WOW Girls on a day of events for girls aged 11 – 18 to talk about girls’ choices, and to celebrate the power of girls.
I’m very excited to be one of 180 speed mentors, including Paralympic Gold Medal winner Lily van den Broecke, designers Zandra Rhodes and Katharine Hamnett, film director Phyllida Lloyd, Radio 1 Presenter Gemma Cairney, space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, and Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti mentoring young girls on the London Eye tomorrow.
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Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.