City of Seattle Council President Sally Clark, along with various councilmembers, joined Lake Washington Girls Middle School to proclaim Oct. 11 the Day of the Girl in the city of Seattle. The day aims to highlight the challenges girls face around the world to gain access to education and other basic rights, and empower them to advocate on their own behalf.
Lake Washington Girls Middle School students support the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child and the mission of School Girls Unite! "to tackle prejudice against girls worldwide and expand their freedom and opportunities through education and leadership."
Lake Washington Girls Middle School student body president Rachel Kaftan and Head of School Patricia Hearn spearheaded the effort, along with the Seattle Girls' School chapter of Richard's Rwanda-IMPUHWE and other organizations. Seattle will now join with other communities to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 66/170, which designates Oct. 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.
On that day, the entire Lake Washington Girl Middle School Class of 2013 went to Seattle City Hall to meet with Councilmember Mike O'Brien to accept the official proclamation. Councilmember O'Brien spent time talking to the students about their experiences in middle school, as young women, and as residents of Seattle and Washington. The group spoke of ways to use their strong voices to make change, and discussed the fact that the past eight years have been the only time in the country's history when a state's governor and two senators have all been women.
Students at Lake Washington Girls Middle School spent the Day of the Girl working on sister-group video projects focusing on what it means for girls to empower one another to be strong in mind, body and voice, which will be shared on the school's website in the coming weeks.