The J Marshall Events team and the rest of Manhattan were excited to see the Empire State Building turn pink on October 11th in honor of International Day of the Girl Child. Not only did the United States go pink but countries around the world, including Australia, Spain and Guatemala, lit their national monuments in celebration of this special day. Plan International, and UNICEF held several events in New York to spotlight the global issue of protecting a girl’s right to education.
As you can see Julie-Ann and the UNICEF team also put their girl power into action as they focused the lights at UNICEF House. The event featured a ‘Girl Roar’ video clip with Katy Perry, several inspiring speeches, and special guest Freida Pinto, actress and Global Ambassador for Plan International. After the program Tulsi Thapa, Global Youth Ambassador, and Freida invited guests to gather around a Fresco and erase the image of girls in a sweatshop to reveal girls sitting in a classroom.
While some progress has been made, the International Day of the Girl Child recognizes that children in many countries are still unable to attend school or complete their education due to safety, cultural, financial or institutional obstacles. UNICEF and Plan International are exploring how technology can increase access to education for out-of-school girls and improve the quality of learning for every child. The girls of J Marshall Events were happy to be part of their efforts!