International Day of the Girl: ways to support the next generation

Today, Wednesday 11 October, is International Day of the Girl. A day to reflect on how we can all better support the next generation of women to reach their full potential, to have agency, and to experience true gender equality benefiting society as a whole.

While this year we have witnessed a surge of support for women’s ability and achievements in sport and popular culture, and seen women appointed to key leadership positions across business and government, we have also seen women’s rights to education and autonomy wound back around the globe. In the U.S. we have seen women’s rights challenged and books that champion gender equality banned in some states.

A growing number of women and girls are facing the violence of war, environmental threats, and loss of freedom under restrictive religious regimes. This week has been a particularly difficult time with horrific news and images flooding our newsfeeds.

Australia is often called the lucky country and yet, as statistics in the Federal Government’s Status of Women Report Card 2023 highlight, young women continue to face enduring challenges and inequalities. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2023, the year of expected gender parity is 2154, which is 131 years from now.

In light of this, we encourage you to consider how you can help make today count for girls and young women and to help progress equality here and around the world.

In our latest newsletter, we have provided links to organisations offering international crisis aid and a selection of projects from our online Project Portal that are seeking funding support for girls and young women. Click here to read our newsletter in full.

AIIW also offers workshops, resources, and collaborative research to encourage and facilitate discussion and action to increase private, corporate, and philanthropic giving to women and girls.

Finally, this week AIIW supports a YES vote in the Voice referendum on Saturday 14 October because we believe this will support a better future for Australia’s indigenous girls and women and their communities.


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