October 11th was the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations International Day of the Girl. It is the heartbeat of why we at Seeds of Exchange chose to partner with Her Future Coalition for our Seeds Giving Fund this month.

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Now more than ever, we must renew our commitment to work together so that girls enjoy and exercise their rights and can play a full and equal part in their communities and societies. Investing in girls is investing in our common future. – UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Here is a quick glimpse of our community initiative: We are raising $5,000 to fund a classroom of middle school girls for one year of education in an impoverished community in Kolkata, India. Not only does this protect 30 young women from exploitation, human trafficking, and child labor, but our trusted partners at Her Future Coalition, are committed to create a strong sense of support, mentorship, and sisterhood AND to plant seeds to grow the next generation of changemakers.

More from the United Nations about today – October 11 – International Day of the Girl:

In 2022, we commemorated the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl (IDG). In these last 10 years, there has been increased attention on issues that matter to girls amongst governments, policymakers and the general public, and more opportunities for girls to have their voices heard on the global stage.

Yet, investments in girls’ rights remain limited and girls continue to confront a myriad of challenges to fulfilling their potential; made worse by concurrent crises of climate change, COVID-19 and humanitarian conflict. Girls around the world continue to face unprecedented challenges to their education, their physical and mental wellness, and the protections needed for a life without violence…

With adversity, however, comes resourcefulness, creativity, tenacity, and resilience. The world’s 600 million adolescent girls have shown time and time again that given the skills and the opportunities, they can be the changemakers driving progress in their communities, building back stronger for all, including women, boys and men.

Girls are ready for a decade of acceleration forward. It is time for us all to stand accountable – with and for girls – and to invest in a future that believes in their agency, leadership and potential. -United Nations 

Check out THIS incredible resource from UNICEF: Investing in the pathways to employment: For adolescent girls and young women in low and middle-income countries

It’s back to school season for many of us … let’s TOGETHER, invest in girls’ education in India – which is one of the best ways to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and exploitation. JOIN US!

You are loved.
You belong. We belong to each other.
Let’s standTALL, together, and light up the world!
xo, -Sarah Davison-Tracy