Posted by Carol Tichelman & Mary Shackleton
We are thrilled by the initial response from our Zones regarding one of President Shekhar's key initiatives - Empowering Girls.   Vice President Valarie has asked our team to inspire your projects, connect you with partners/resources, and keep you informed regarding our collective progress.  Many have asked us what this initiative is all about and how they can help.  Since this is a new initiative with a broad mandate, we have the creative space to shape projects that will INCREASE OUR IMPACT.  The sky is truly the limit.  Intrigued?  Please read on to learn more about the initiative and find some suggestions to spark your imagination.
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This initiative focuses on the empowerment of girls through club and district events and service activities, as well as through RI-sponsored events such as the Rotary International Convention, Rotary Day at the United Nations, presidential conferences, and Rotary Days of Service.
Our purpose is to:
  • Prioritize girls in one or more areas of focus to improve their well-being and allow them to make greater contributions to their communities.
  • Raise awareness of the need to empower girls and work to close the youth gender gap across Rotary activities.
  • Inspire clubs and districts to carry out service projects that aim to empower girls.
Clubs and districts can emphasize the empowerment of girls in events such as Rotary Days of Service, Rotary institutes, community-based projects, district events such as photo or essay awards, other service activities, and through communications such as social media and messages from Rotary leaders. Use the service activities and resources in this brochure to help you prioritize the empowerment of girls.
  • Consider planning events and activities related to 11 October, the International Day of the Girl Child.
  • Plan Rotary Days of Service activities that highlight or focus on the empowerment of girls.
  • Think about how you can apply the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in projects and programs that emphasize gender equity and empower girls.
  • Contact Rotary Action Groups to find resources, guidance, and project ideas for empowering girls in each of their areas of expertise.
  • Advise clubs to use the tags #EmpoweringGirls2021 or #EG2021 on their project posts to the Rotary Showcase Empowering Girls campaign.
  • Work with Rotary partners such as ShelterBox, Habitat for Humanity International, or Mediators Beyond Borders International on projects to empower girls in ways related to their expertise, such as disaster response, affordable and safe housing, or peacebuilding and mediation.
  • Enlist the participation of Peace Fellows, Global Grant Scholars, and Program Alumni.
Carol Tichelman                                                                   Mary Shackleton
Empowering Girls Ambassador                                           Empowering Girls Ambassador
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