From Tracie: The Day Of The Girl

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Day Of The Girl

It was International Day of the Girl on October 11th. I didn't write anything about it here. I thought about it. I had half-composed blog posts in my mind full of facts and statistics and calls to action that were just waiting to be typed.

International Day of the Girl | CARE

But I was busy that day with my own girl...

Sitting together, heads close, reading a science book.

Reciting times tables.

Laying side by side on the bed, legs entwined in the air, matching socks touching, as we wrote morning pages.

Reading news articles together, and praying for Malala Yousafzai.

Watching Katarina take this quiz, and talking to her about child marriage.


That is what I did on International Day of the Girl...

Because the hard realities in life are still reality.

Because teaching our children about injustice is the first step in preparing them to go out and do something about it one day.

Because my daughter is 9 years old.

Because I can't look at this picture without crying.
Married At Age 9
Image Credit: CARE Facebook Page
Because 25,000 girls become child brides every single day.

Because one in nine girls, or 15 MILLION, has been forced into marriage between the ages of 10 and 14.

Because if things don't change, 100 million girls will marry as children in the next decade.


Did you talk about International Day of the Girl with your kids?

For more information about child marriage, and how education is the key to freedom, visit CARE's International Day of the Girl page...because ending child marriage and advocating education for girls is something that needs to happy every day


  1. Just quoted you in a post and now, I'm off to share this! Love the International Day of the Girl. Glad to see how easily you applied it to your own life. Very cool, Tracie.

  2. I have no children, but if ai did, i would want to empower them like you are empowering Katarina.

  3. I didn't, but I think I'm going to, even if it's belated. Great post!

  4. YOu said it right on Tracy...thank you. And spending time with you girl....teaching her she is not less than an amazing gift is the best.....that every girl around the globe should get that...each life a gift....I love your gentle spirit....

  5. Oh, that picture makes my whole being hurt.

  6. I read about the story of Malala Yousafzai with such sorrow, that children have there childhood taken away from them at such a young age, where they are forced to deal with the cold realities of an adult world when the should be playing.

  7. Amazing post, Tracie. My Grandmother was married at 3. My Mother was married at 13 - and so were my aunts. I know how they felt - they didn't even have a choice. My Mother had a life of abuse at her in-laws place for five years before she and I miraculously returned to my maternal Grandmother's house.

    Today, I support a girls' orphanage with around a 100 girls of varying ages from 3 to 18.


  8. I honestly didn't know what day it was. How sad. Makes my heart hurt. I am doing the same things these days - homework.