International Day Of The Girl On October 14th

October 10, 2018

Sunday, October 14 is the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl, with a free girls-only event to be held on the North Field at the National Sports Centre from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

A spokesperson said, “The fourth annual Bermuda event to mark the U.N. International Day of the Girl will be held this Sunday, October 14th on the North Field at the National Sports Centre from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. This is a free event for girls of all ages only. This event has grown in recent years with over 400 girls attending this free event last year.

“The United Nations designated each October 11th as the International Day for the Girl in 2012 to draw attention to the inequality faced by girls around the globe solely due to their gender. The Bermuda event is usually held on the closest Sunday to the 11th. Areas of inequality include access to education, nutrition, legal rights, equity of inheritance, protection from discrimination, violence against girls, forced child marriage and forced labour.

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“The event on Sunday aims to expose Bermuda girls to many traditionally male dominated activities including STEM and sports, in addition to raising awareness of challenges faced by girls worldwide. Activities will include coding, robotics, archery, football, cricket, BMX and cycling, rugby, medicine, a reading corner, empowerment art, fencing, golf, chess, ariel/lyra, gymnastics, hockey, jump rope, Frontier Girls, and an obstacle course.

“There will also music, Ashley’s Lemonade and J&B Pizza. The Human Rights Commission will help educate about the specific challenges facing girls due to their gender. Carolyn Thomas Ray organizes the event with her husband, Chris Ray.”

She said, “This event has grown in popularity over the years and is a fun community event where girls can try new things and learn about challenges facing girls their ages around the world.

“We encourage fathers to come with their daughters, nieces or god daughters, as well. Following requests from parents last year and the emergence of the #metoo movement, the event booklet will include tips and reference materials to assist parents in talking to their children about sexual harassment and sexual abuse. We hope to see everyone between 2.00pm and 5.00pm. on Sunday.”

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