The Sixth International Day of the Girl Summit

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, the University of Saint Joseph’s BRAVE Leadership Club attended the sixth International Day of the Girl Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. International Day of the Girl is a day dedicated to celebrating girls worldwide, by encouraging them to reach their full potential and increasing awareness of the gender inequality that women face everyday.

“The International Day of the Girl is an incredible day to celebrate women and girls for all that they are. This was a very powerful day filled with many stories of girls around the world,” said Shelby Mehmet ’19. There were multiple speakers throughout the day who were between the ages of 13 to 18. In addition, this summit was run by young women and included captivating panel discussions about personal narratives, poetry and movement, speeches, and other creative pieces.

A group of 12 – 10 students and two advisers – attended the event through BRAVE, which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and challenge humans to be brave and self-empowered contributors to a better world. USJ had two students in attendance, Rachel Betts ’20 and Shelby Mehmet ’19, as well as Meaghan Davis, the founder and CEO of BRAVE and the University’s Academic Success Specialist.

“Every narrative, poem, and speech was unique, but they rang true for millions of girls and women around the world who struggle against discrimination and sexism, for those who don’t have access to health care or education, or those who don’t have a safe place to sleep, or who wake up every day asking themselves if it’s all worth it. So, to any human who is struggling or scared or alone: We love you. We believe you. You are not alone,” said Rachel Betts ’20.

This is an important day to acknowledge and encourage women to support one another and continue working for gender equality. USJ was proud to be part of the celebration.