CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring each Oct. 11 as the International Day of the Girl.
This Friday, the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas (GSGST) will recognize the day by asking all Girl Scouts to wear their vest or sash to school.
Under the theme “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force,” the goal is to rethink how girls and young women across the world can transition into the workforce, starting with expanding the educational opportunities available to them.
According to the Girls Opportunity Alliance, there are roughly 1.1 billion young girls around the globe. Even though great progress has been made to make their lives better, there are still serious issues concerning their well-being:
- Nearly 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school.
- An average of 12 million girls marry before the age of 18 each year.
- Every 10 minutes, a teenage girl dies as a result of violence.
- In spite of the challenges, however, girls persist – and succeed.
The GSGST is working to build courage, confidence and character in girls who make the world a better place. In South Texas, they do so by serving 26 counties in providing the Girl Scouts Leadership experience to girls ages 5-17, inspiring and motivating them to take action for themselves and their world.
To learn more about how to join, volunteer, partner or donate, call (800) 477-2688 or visit www.gsgst.org.