October 11 marked International Day Of The Girl. The United Nations declared back in 2012 this day was to “highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”
This year, people really took notice of the holiday and showed their support for girl power all over social media. This comes as no surprise given the slow progress and, yes, even setbacks women both in the Unites States and around the world are facing.
Celebrities in particular used their platforms for good: To show their stance on this issue and promote the cause to their millions of followers.
One video that was shared widely was a remake of Beyonce’s “Freedom” video. Queen Bey posted this video to her Facebook page — which was subsequently shared all over Instagram by various brands and her many celebrity friends. The video features girls from around the world lip syncing to her hit “Freedom.”
The intensely empowering video included powerful imagery as well as facts about girls education, violence against girls and healthcare. According to Time, the video was directed by MJ Delaney, and produced with UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Project Everyone. The video, with six million views, ended with a call to donate to Global Goals and their partners.
The celebrity involvement didn’t stop there. Glamour magazine’s #TheGirlProject event, held on International Day of the Girl, produced a lot of other great social media content. The program was full of speeches from some of your favorite celebrity activists like Ashley Graham, Yara Shahidi, Uzo Aduba and more.
Graham talked about beauty and the importance of loving the skin you’re in from a young age.
“So tell your friends, your sisters your classmates that they are a hero and that true beauty beauty comes from here,” she said pointing to her heart.
Aduba spoke from the heart about identity and coming into her own. She told a story about how she asked her mom to call her “Zoe” growing up because people had trouble pronouncing her full name Uzoamaka. Today, she would never want to change it.
“What is amazing now standing in my womanhood, standing in my power I wouldn’t change my name for a second,” she said. “I am so proud of that name.”
It’s days like International Day of the Girl that get people reenergized and motivated about the cause at hand. Let’s not lose the feeling we have today and let the inspiration carry us to do our part anyway we can.