14 October 2017 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

14 October 2017
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.


In this week’s Top 10 we celebrate the International Day of the Girl.


1. October 11 celebrated the International Day of the Girl! Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” The range of issues include reproductive issues, gender binary, rape culture, negative media images and body image issues, relationship abuse, sexual trafficking and more. And here’s some ideas about how you might celebrate the day – if you haven’t already!


2. The ABC has a lovely article showing young women from all around the world and how they would like to change the world!


3. In Australia results from a new national survey of 1,745 girls were launched on Wednesday and the results are alarming. 98% of girls believe they are being treated adversely compared to boys. And what do they want? Equal pay, gender equality, to be taken more seriously, to be listened to, to not be judged by what they look like or are wearing.


4. 73% of girls in South Sudan and over 130 million worldwide are missing out on an education. The Guardian reveals the 10 worst countries for girls to get an education.


5. Try your hand at this little quiz to see how much you know about life for girls around the world!


6. Karen McVeigh from The Guardian writes about the more than 200,000 girls around the world who are married underage and illegally. One in every three girls in the developing world marry before they are 18 years of age. Maybe one day we will see this as a marriage equality issue worth fighting for too!


7. And for some inspiration check out these 16 quotes from famous women.


8. There are lots of great clips to watch on ABC iview from the Girls Change the World series – check out Dami Im giving advice to her 12 year old self!


9. Human Rights Watch have put together some highlights of the day from around the world.


10. And finally, here’s a clip shared by Beyonce this week to  celebrate the International Day of the Girl for 2017 – her song ‘Freedom’ performed by girls all around the world. It’s actually pretty cool!


Thanks for your company this week as we celebrate girls everywhere in the world. We’re off for a short holiday for a couple of weeks so look forward to your company again on 4 November.