Stand Up for Girls September 22, 2011

Women make up two thirds of the world’s illiterate population. LitWorld, an international literacy organization, works to improve this figure through its mission to cultivate literacy in the most vulnerable children through advocacy, education, and innovation.

On September 22, International Day of the Girl, LitWorld hosted “Stand Up for Girls” to promote a new era for girls’ education. The event encouraged participants to physically stand up on September 22 at 12 noon for 10 seconds to give recognition and awareness to the movement.

People around the World Stand up for Girls

LitWorld encouraged participants to post a photo of them to the LitWorld Twitter or Facebook page. See some great photos and news links on the LitWorld social network pages.

"Stand Up for Girls" Literacy Awareness Day LitWorld Interview spoke with Ruby Veridiano, LitCorps and Social Media Ambassador for LitWorld, and she explains the immediate goal of “Stand Up for Girls” and some of the long term benefits of LitWorld’s work in improving literacy. She provides many telling examples and statistics that show how the ability to read and write can improve a girl’s life drastically.

Children of Kibera Foundation March for International Day of the Girl!

LitWorld sponsors many literacy clubs around the world. In honor of International Day of the Girl, the LitWorld girls group in Kibera, Nairobi held a march and a celebration in their town.

Healing, Storytelling and Girls' Empowerment: Stand Up for Girls and Let them Speak!

Susan M. Blaustein highlights in her article how the presence of poverty contributes to the absence of literacy for so many girls and consequently they are not able to tell their own stories.

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