October 11 is celebrated as the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
In the day and age we live in, women have progressively gained more rights and made a huge impact around the world. There is story after story of females who have accomplished more than anyone said they could. Who have overcome challenges. Who have been empowered to defy the odds. Who have worked hard to be where they are. Take a look at some of those girls’ stories…
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
Helen was a deaf/blind American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf/blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She changed the world in showing how capable she was despite her disabilities that countless people would have ridden her off for.
“Being a woman in the male dominated business world isn’t easy. You have to work extra hard to get where you want. I have had the chance to come under the leadership of people who have challenged me to not let these things stop me from pursuing my dreams.”
Suchi is the daughter of immigrants from India. The education opportunities she was given, the community that supported her, the conferences she attended and the mentors she had allowed her to get her MBA and open her own clothing store.
Corrie ten Boom
“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.”
Corrie was a Dutch watchmaker (the first woman licensed as a watchmaker in Holland) during World War II. Corrie and her family members helped many Jews escape the Holocaust. They saved nearly 800 lives. She was sent to prison for what she did and went on to write a biography of her experiences.
Make sure to catch ‘Corrie ten Boom: A Faith Undefeated’ on November 14 at 8PM on ACCTV.
“There’s no way I’d be where I am today if I didn’t have incredible women of influence and encouragement in my life. As women, one of our greatest strengths is the capacity to love and champion others, and I’ve been so blessed to receive that in my life. I can’t wait to get to play that role in other young womens’ lives.”
Bella is a young adult who just moved away from her friends and family to a new town to work a job as a full time graphic designer. Only 18 years of age, she has been given the resources needed to explore the creative spirit that has always been inside of her which has brought opportunities she never thought would be possible.
“Whatever your situation might be, set your mind to whatever you want to do and put a good attitude in it, and I believe that you can succeed. You are not going to get anywhere just sitting on your butt and moping around.”
Bethany is a professional surfer who survived a shark attack where her arm was bitten off. It was already pretty incredible that she survived the attack. Despite the circumstances and all of the odds, she returned and was victorious in professional surfing.
“I am very thankful for family, friends, mentors and colleagues who called out my strengths and encouraged me to go after my lofty goals. It’s very humbling to have people who want you to do better than they were ever able to go out of their way to watch you succeed.”
Supriya is a first generation Indian American. She was given more opportunities than her parents had in India to explore her talents, hobbies and passions. After finishing university early, Supriya was able to travel around the world and eventually move to Australia to use her degree.
Whether you’ve heard of them or not, these are real stories of real women who are doing things that many women have never had the opportunity to do. We hope that today, as we celebrate International Day of the Girl Child, you will continue empower everyone around you to overcome the challenges they face and be the best person they can be.