International Day of the Girl
The International Day of the Girl is observed annually on April 11 and is a tribute to the accomplishments of Girl Scout troops that risked their own lives to save others around the world. Since its inception in 1977, more than 200 countries have participated in the celebration, which has brought millions of volunteers to participate. One of the most popular events is the Annual Global Girls Festival, which is celebrated in more than 180 countries. This year’s theme is “All or Nothing: A Choice for Life.” Participants, from both men and women, can show their support for the global community by wearing purple in various ways.
Since the day was established to bring awareness to the needs of underprivileged girls, organizers of the International Day of the Girl had hoped for a large turnout. However, it was disappointed when only two out of every three girls chose to participate. It is believed that this may be because of cultural differences or that those participating were too old to join the cause. Regardless, the day was not without its supporters, with thousands signing up online to attend the celebrations, many wearing purple in various ways.
The day is also not without controversy, as the United Nations and other organizations are urging countries not only to celebrate the day with purple, but to do so in a more inclusive way. Countries like Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Japan, Lebanon, and Spain have all planned separate ceremonies to mark the event. In addition to the traditional purple garb, some participants have adopted a “Green Day” to honor the environment and promote recycling. The day is also drawing criticism from various conservative groups who argue against celebrating such an event, claiming that it promotes female empowerment and a focus on “feminine power.”