Friday, October 11th marks International Day of the Girl, a day aimed at highlighting and addressing the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
This year’s theme is GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable. People around the world are joining the U.N. to celebrate achievements by, with and for girls. Here in Pittsburgh, we’re celebrating the dozens of girls we serve in our school and community-based programs.
Since our inception, Gwen’s Girls has worked with at-risk girls from neighborhoods with limited resources. We understand this population and the girls’ developmental and sociological factors. Most struggle with self-esteem and self-image and are in need of additional support and guidance beyond what schools are able to provide. Therefore, we provide another safe place. A place for girls to learn, grow and thrive. They use the new skills to cope with issues they are facing, such as poverty or violence.
We can’t do it alone! Your support, donating time, talent or money, helps provide programs and services in the girls’ own neighborhoods. Together, we can provide the necessary resources and environment to empower girls and young women to have productive lives through holistic, gender-specific programs, education, and experiences.
Here are more ways that you can get involved.
Learn About Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race Report
The City of Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission (GEC) invites local leaders and community members to join a conversation regarding the recently released report Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race produced for the GEC by a research team at the University of Pittsburgh led by Dr. Sara Goodkind. The process up to this point, as well as, strategies to ensure an inclusive process moving forward will be discussed. The meeting will take place Monday, October 14 from 3-5 p.m. at the Homewood YWCA.
Atttend a Black Girls Equity Alliance Workgroup Meeting
The Child Welfare workgroup will meet Friday, October 18th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at 810 River Avenue, Clemente conference room, 15214.
The Juvenile Justice workgroup will meet Monday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Pitt CEC in Homewood, 622 N Homewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.
The Education Workgroup will meet Wednesday, October 30th from 2-4 p.m. at the Office of Child Development, 400 North Lexington Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208.