claudetteToday on Universal Children’s Day, we recognize that girls are the leaders, not only of the future, but of today. Often we teach girls to be nice, to wait their turn and to be polite, but it’s much more important to be bold and brave.

So we call on girls worldwide to speak up for your rights, claim your space and create the world you want to see.

There are many ways to do so, for instance:

  • Struggle for girls’ rights to education like Malala Yousafz, who won the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Don’t always do as you are told, For inspiration, see the story of Rosa Parks and before her Claudette Colvin who did not obey a racist bus driver and generated a civil right movement
  • Dare to be a hot dog in a world full of princesses, like Ainsley Turner 
  • Get to know about your rights by joining the YWCA like Vanessa Anyoti who ended up speaking at the UN 
  • Challenge the establishment like Tavi Levinson with her fashion blog at the age of 11. She now leads the girl feminist magazine Rookie
  • Become a girl coder and join a hackathon
  • Find more empowering stories here

And for times when you need a bit of extra inspiration, here are a few quotes to keep you going:

“If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

“When someone tells you that you can’t, turn around and say ‘watch me.’” – Anonymous

Read more inspiring quotes for girls here.