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Manhattanville Partners with 10x10 to Celebrate International Day of the Girl
Friday, 05 October 2012 08:17

International Day of the GirlManhattanville College is partnering with 10x10, an organization that advocates the education of girls, to celebrate the first UN-designated International Day of the Girl (IDG), on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

"I think addressing gender inequality by educating girls is extremely important," said Beth Williford, Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology department. "Educating girls has positive outcomes for their individual development and empowerment which in turn creates a positive ripple effect for their families, communities, and society as a whole. IDG seemed like a great time to raise awareness in our local community about this issue."

October 11 was declared as IDG by the General Assembly on December 2011 following a multi-year campaign by activists in Canada and the United States. The day is dedicated to recognizing the rights and powers of girls, and addressing inequalities faced by girls around the world, including issues of gender stereotypes, discrimination and violence.

The event was cosponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice, as well as the Coalition on Violence Against Women, and the Office of Campus. Christa Calbos '12, who works at 10x10, was instrumental in forming the partnership between Manhattanville and 10x10. The event starts at 5 p.m. in the Berman Students' Center Lobby.

An exhibition of photos from 10x10 that shares information about 10 countries from the Global South will be profiled, in addition to a viewing of a short film trailer from 10x10's upcoming documentary about 10 girls from the 10 countries. The photos and the film address the issues of gender discrimination and the importance of educating women.

"Christa, Roger (Drew), and I thought that the first IDG would be a great time to get students involved in recognizing this day and to learn more about global gender inequality with the specific focus on this date being girls and education," Williford said.

More information about 10x10 can be found at