Editor’s note: This post was updated June 4, 2021.
Today is International Day of the Girl as declared by the United Nations. It’s a day to raise awareness about the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s theme is “Innovating for girls’ education” because “education is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves.”
So is physical literacy.
Earlier this week, long time advocate for the rights of females and Olympic medalist Jennifer Heil announced that, after three years of campaigning, she has succeeded in raising $1 million for the Because I am a Girl initiative. It’s a global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights, and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty. Check out their suggestions on how you can support International Day of the Girl.
Jenn also champions “getting girls active in sport” because it gives them “competence and confidence.”
For more inspiring stories, here are our five favourite Active for Life stories about girls to help you get your daughter moving better:
- Get your daughter in the game! Tips from a Olympic athletes on how to support girls in sport and physical activity.
- 5 ways to keep girls in sports: Active girls better develop positive coping skills along with increased self-worth and confidence.
- 8 ways to keep your daughter from ever saying ‘I suck at sports’: Here are some ways to keep your kids feeling positive about being active and playing whatever sports they love, no matter what societal or peer messages they encounter.
- 9 ways to tell if your child is physically literate: Is your daughter physically literate?
- And, of course, the all time classic Top 5 reasons kids play sports.