Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW

Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW

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Happy First International Day of the Girl

Today marks the first International Day of the Girl, officially recognized by world governments through the efforts of the United Nations, politicians, and girls globally. While aiming to bring light to the many issues, from education to slavery, which face girls around the world this years theme is ending childhood marriage. Here is what the United Nations has to say about the observance:

“On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

For its first observance, this year’s Day will focus on child marriage, which is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. Child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk to be a victim of violence and abuse, jeopardizes her health and therefore constitutes an obstacle to the achievement of nearly every Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and the development of healthy communities.”

Here are some links you might want to review for further information, and to get involved:

Official Day of the Girl Website

United Nation’s further details

United Nation’s event page

Girls Not Bride

Stop Childhood Marriage Petition on Amplify Your Voice


I applaud the UN’s efforts and hope this day turns into something big!



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  1. Michelle Sicignano LMSW October 11, 2012

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