Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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International Day of the Girl

Mariposa foundation DRUnfortunately, in many parts of the world girls still face discrimination simply because they are girls. Time and time again they face barriers to education and opportunities to make a living. Often they are coerced into an early and forced marriage. And because of these circumstances they are in general bound to a life in poverty.
 

 

 

In 2013, the United Nations declared 11 October as the International Day of the Girl to raise awareness of these issues, with this year’s theme: "the power of the adolescent girls". Online, the day launched a flotilla of hashtags, with each hashtag representing a project or nonprofit group that works to improve the lives of adolescent girls.

Also in Cabarete, the movement was on the go. Cabarete’s Mariposa DR Foundation staff and volunteers joined the Girls Not Brides global campaign to #EndChildMarriage by posting photos on their Facebook page with #MyLifeAt15 in support of the global movement to end child marriage. 

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The girls at the Mariposa DR Foundation also did a number of activities to highlight this special day, including a discussion on what it means to be a girl in the Dominican Republic, a reading of declarations of girls rights, an exposition of mini mariposa t shirts  that the girls colored and tagged highlighting why they are the most powerful force for change, as well as mariposa girl puppets representing girls around the globe. The girls left the Mariposa Center feeling inspired and ready to take on the world as activists and agents of change! 

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