The International Day of the Girl assembly at my school was a great success! It was a great way to inform my friends, classmates, and teachers about a day dedicated to girls. During the assembly, we informed the school about the different forms of oppression girls around the world experience.
We also talked about intersectionality. Intersectionality is an important term for feminism because issues of race, class, and gender are all connected to feminism. Without intersectionality, the feminist movement would not be as successful because every voice must count. As Black feminist Audre Lorde states, “Within the lesbian community, I am Black, and within the Black community, I am a lesbian.”
The feminism class also mentioned our connection with the Shri Shikshayatan School in Kolkata, India. This is an all-girls school and they are very dedicated to educating girls. On October 11, 2012, which is the International Day of the Girl, the Shri Shikshayatan School canceled all classes to have workshops and assemblies teaching the students all they need to know about educating girls.
10X10 is a non-profit organization that focuses on trying to raise awareness about gloral girls education by creating a documentary about the issue. 10×10 focuses on girls who live in countries like Cambodia, Haiti, India, Peru, Sierra Leone, and more.
My role in this assembly was to introduce to the audience the importance of education for girls by reading off the Shri Shikshayatan School’s presentation about how they celebrated the International Day of the Girl. There are three major issues for girls in India. The three issues include infanticide, trafficking, and education.
I covered girls education in India by saying that not enough girls receive the education that they are required to have. The reason for this is because some girls are forced to abandon their education and forced to marry at a young age or to work in the house or by selling products in local street markets. As stated from the Shri Shikshayatan’s visual presentation, when girls marry at a young age, it “restricts them to household work only.”
This leaves education out of the question for girls who are forced into these unfair circumstances. I felt that this information was very important to share with the audience because it shows that education is highly important in order to prevent the girl from being oppressed as they are in India. Education is the key to escape from poverty and a road to a healthier life.
As stated in the 10×10 website, the longer girls stay in school, the greater their job and career opportunities are, the more money they earn, they healthier they stay, and so much more. Education encourages girls to stand up and “speak up” for themselves. The more girls with education, the more girls will speak up and make a change. With education, poverty among girls will decrease; they will form their own businesses and pass their knowledge on, which further educates the next generation. This is why the students of the Shri Shikshayatan School value education for girls so much and think that it’s a major problem that not all girls in India receive the same education as they do.
I’ve got to say that I’m really proud of my peers who also participated in the assembly. They all had very important parts and they all did a great job in presenting them. The reason I feel so proud not only for myself, but for the rest of my classmates is because I felt like we were a really unified team who didn’t present the assembly to the school because we were required to, but because we wanted to ourselves present it.
A lot of my classmates on stage seemed really enthusiastic about presenting because they really wanted the audience to listen to what they each had to say. They wanted the audience to be intrigued and to be just as committed to this change as we were. It was great that some students got to read off their intersectionality pieces so that the audience was able to understand in more depth what intersectionality was and its connection to feminism.
I really have to applaud those readers who were willing to share with us their personal stories and to simply say to them thank you. I felt that we really made an impact in people’s views about girls all over the world because many of the people in the audience were unaware of issues like the ones discussed in the assembly. Many other schools did the same thing we did by informing their community about these important issues. When a lot schools do this, the more people we will inform and the more people will get involved to solve these issues.
In a sense, my classmates and I have given valuable knowledge to many as well as other students have from other schools. We were in a sense part of a big movement happening all over the nation and the world.
I hope that my classmates and I have really taught the audience something about girls around the world. With more people interested in making changes for girls around the world, the bigger impact we will make and the more girls we will be able to help. When you educate girls, you can change the world.