October 11 marks the second observance of International Day of the Girl (IDG). According to the United Nations, IDG will "help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls' lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential." While there is much to celebrate about the work being done for adolescent girls, there is still so much more to do. Empowering girls helps their families, their communities and the world. You can make a difference for girls around the globe by joining this growing movement.
The Caterpillar Foundation invests in the United Nations Girl Up campaign—this program ensures girls have access to education, so they can stop the cycle of poverty. Beginning October 1, Girl Up offered a call-to-action each day with a story of an inspiring girl and the profile of a celebrity or public figure who is active in the fight for girls' rights. The 11 Days of Action can be found at 11daysofaction.org.
Girl Up addresses the needs of adolescent girls in developing countries and in the U.S. The "for girls, by girls" campaign mobilizes American girls to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world's hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. The program creates a link between girls in the United States and girls in countries like Guatemala, Liberia, Ethiopia and Malawi.
Visit the Girl Up Twitter account to view the 11 Days of Action messaging and more information.
Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit www.caterpillar.com/foundation.