Today is Day 4 of the 11 Days of Action leading up to International Day of the Girl on October 11. This youth-led movement to advocate for girls' rights and speak out against gender bias was recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2011 when it adopted Resolution 66/170. This year's theme is "Innovating for Girls' Education."
In honor of this movement, and in celebration of girls everywhere, we share this story.
“I remember K from our work with immigrants and immigration allies that we facilitated in conjunction with Coloradans for Immigrant Rights and American Friends Service Committee. Many of the participants were undocumented, K included, and were fighting for their rights… to have health insurance, to obtain driver’s licenses, to receive loans to go to college, to have Social Security Numbers. Stories of immigrants, or relatives of immigrants, have so often been used by other media outlets for specific agendas… and I remember NOT wanting us to be one in a long line of organizations and movements editing her story. Being able to tell it the way she wanted to seemed to be an important part of this process for her — and an important part of the product as well.”
— Daniel Weinshenker, StoryCenter's Rocky Mountain/Midwest Region Director