Being a girl is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t always feel that way for girls who face oppression or are disadvantaged. But October 11th, 2017 is all about celebrating all girls, since it’s the U.N.’s International Day of the Girl. So what better way to spend this day than by donating to or volunteering for organizations that support girls and women? Even by making a small contribution to one of these 11 groups, you can help a girl have a brighter future.
While there are many humanitarian charities that assist people of all genders, we’re focusing on girls today — since throughout the world, they are often not given the same opportunities as boys. So whether you want to provide better educational opportunities for girls, help girls have access to sanitary products, or put an end to human trafficking, check out these 11 amazing organizations in honor of girls.
1Young Women’s Leadership Network
The Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) has two programs — a network of all-girls public high schools and a co-ed college access program, both designed to “empower students to break the cycle of poverty through education.”
2Girls Not Brides
The Girls Not Brides global partnership is focused on ending child marriage with organizations based in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas that all believe that “every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses and that, by ending child marriage, we can achieve a safer, healthier, and more prosperous future for all.”
3Girls Educational & Mentoring Services
The Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) provides services to “address the needs of commercially and sexually exploited girls and young women.” GEMS’ services include prevention and outreach, educational initiatives, and transitional and supportive housing.
4Days for Girls
The Days for Girls organization provides sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education to girls and women. They’ve helped over 800,000 girls in more than 110 countries, and your donation on the Day of the Girl could help Days for Girls reach their goal of helping one million people.
5STEM for Her
The STEM for Her foundation is based in Washington, D.C., and focuses on “championing programs and initiatives that foster enthusiasm and empower girls and young women to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and math fields of study.”
6Invisible Girl Project
The Invisible Girl Project (IGP) is a U.S.-based organization that “seeks to end the atrocity of gendercide in India” by rescuing baby girls from infanticide and caring for girls who are vulnerable to human trafficking.
7Girls on the Run
With councils in all 50 states, Girls on the Run inspires girls “to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running,” as a way to help girls unlock their potential.
By partnering with schools, Girls Inc. is a holistic program that “equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.”
One of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the U.S., YWCA USA’s mission is to “eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.”
10She’s the First
By supporting girls who will be “the first in their families to graduate high school,” She’s the First fights gender inequality through education internationally.
Celebrating 25 years, Equality Now uses the law to “hold governments responsible for ending legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence, and harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and ‘child marriage.'”
Each and every day is the Day of the Girl for these organizations, so show them your support any way you can.