Day of the Girl celebrated globally

The UN International Day of the Girl Child (IDG) is celebrated annually on October 11 to promote girls’ empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls face the world over. A Good Shepherd live forum for IDG will take place on YouTube on October 11, 2020, at 9.30 am Malaysian Time. This is 9:30 pm Eastern Time the previous day, on October 10. Join the forum at

Four girl youth advocates will speak about rural girls, girl refugees, childhood ending early through forced marriage, and gender equality. Winifred Doherty, RGS, will moderate the Day of the Girl forum as the main NGO representative to the United Nations for Sisters of the Good Shepherd. You can find her blog at

Good Shepherd organizes campaign for Day of the Girl

Good Shepherd Asia Pacific has organized a regional campaign to advocate for girls during the Day of the Girl campaign. It involves schools and social services agencies across each of the Good Shepherd units in Asia Pacific. The campaign starts October 1 and runs through Human Rights Day on December 10.

The Day of the Girl campaign offers the Good Shepherd Asia Pacific units a way to connect with one another as a region. The nine units leading the campaign are Northeast Asia, Philippines/Japan; East Asia; Sri Lanka/Pakistan; Nepal; Singapore/Malaysia; Indonesia; South West India; Central East India/Nepal.

Day of the GirlObjectives of the campaign were born of the COVID19 lockdowns, which have resulted in massive numbers of children attending virtual classes. This has raised the need for children, and especially girls, to know safety rules so they might avoid exploitation when using digital platforms. (See related story on page 18)

The international Day of the Girl campaign also aims to create awareness of the human rights of the girl child and introduce support systems and safe spaces for girls to express joys and successes, as well as challenges and violations to their human rights.

Day of the Girl events

Good Shepherd units throughout the Asia Pacific region will lead other IDG events and activities, including a logo competition and theme song composition, prayer writing and recitation, a social media hashtag campaign #myvoiceourfuture, poster making competition, infographic designs, school outreach to social services, outreach to men (dads, brothers, boys), and   gratitude body prayer movement. Visit for more details.

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Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website