Elizabeth Kiem is the online producer of unicefusa.org.
I may be at the head of digital innovation and communication here at unicefusa.org, but I still believe that some of the finest social practices have a little age on them. Case in point: Today we celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day. Happy March 8, fellow women.
Now, I’m not under the illusion that a holiday is sufficient to promote the rights of girls and women. It’s not. That’s why organizations like UNICEF and the UN Foundation advocate governments and citizens of all countries to consider the concerns of girls and women as the key to solving many of the world’s most pressing problems.
Maybe you’ve seen “girl up,” the UN Foundation’s campaign to get girls empowering their sisters around the world. This year, girl up is celebrating International Women’s Day in Liberia, the only African country with a female president. There are high hopes in Liberia that women will be a key part of that country’s recovery from a brutal civil war.
There are 515 million adolescent girls in the developing world who can help their families, communities and countries to prosper if they are empowered with education and skills. Read UNICEF’s latest State of the World Children report for a better idea of how those girls are faring, and what kind of support they are getting from UNICEF and its partners.
These are not new ideas. They are just revolutionary.