Friday, October 11 is the International Day of the Girl. Started in 2012, this day recognizes the challenges and inequality faced by girls around the world. At its heart, it believes that the world will be a better place when girls and young women have the same rights, opportunities, education, and protections as young males do.
Every year, people voice their opinions, hold rallies and events, and find other creative ways to show their support. And this year, a very cool new idea is making its debut. It is the world's first-ever all-digital march: the March For Sisterhood!
An idea is born
The movement was started by an organization called Girls Who Code. It supports young women who want to get involved in the tech industry, which, like so many other industries, is underrepresented by females. In addition to what they do day-to-day, they wanted to find other ways to spread the word about this cause.
They came up with the idea of an all-digital march called the March For Sisterhood to happen on the International Day of the Girl. Smart thinking!
Most people understand the concept of protest and activist marches. We had some big ones last month! But how does an all-digital march work?
Well, as you may have guessed, it doesn't involve a physical coming together in a public space, as other protests and marches do. And it also doesn't involve walking on your computer either! Instead, by using the hashtag #MarchForSisterhood, the organizers are hoping that people can post on all kinds of social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok.
In fact, TikTok is an official partner of the event. And since October 4th, the platform has been holding a #MarchForSisterhood challenge asking users to post videos and content in support of Girls Who Code and the march.
The event is attracting all kinds of attention, including from one of OWLconnected's favourite young changemakers, Canadian teen Hannah Alper.
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Ready to #MarchForSisterhood? I have been tackling issues I’m passionate about and motivating others to do the same for seven years and been honoured to connect with some incredible young women I call my role models. On October 11th, the #DayOfTheGirl, we will create a massive online presence and fill the worlds feeds with what YOU are passionate about, with what WE are marching for. So excited and proud to be on the Leadership Council and Team Sisterhood for the @girlswhocode #MarchForSisterhood, putting together the manifesto and building eachother up for the first ever all digital march - by girls, for girls, about girls. I #MarchForSisterhood because I know that each one of us has the power to create the world we want to live in...together. Learn how you can pledge to march at marchforsisterhood.com!! Let’s make some noise and make some change.
The March For Sisterhood is the kind of event that makes us really excited. It's young people using their voice to help the world be a fairer place.
Happy International Day of the Girl, everyone. And happy marching!
Happy # march for the girls day! I am exited this is happening, congrats to everyone who is doing this and good luck in making your mark! 😀