The USNC for UN Women Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter participated in the 6th annual International Day of the Girl festival hosted by the Academy of Women Empowerment located in St. Paul, MN along with other local organizations. The goal of the festival was to help recognize girls rights and unique challenges they face around the world. The event hosted over 300 girls and their families to celebrate how awesome it is to be a girl.
Every organization had a table with information and games catered toward empowerment and individuality. The USNC for UN Women’s table theme was centered around the book “Sadako” by Eleanor Coerr, which is about a girl who lived in Hiroshima, Japan during World War II who was later diagnosed with Leukemia from the Atomic bomb dropped near her home. She was inspired to make paper cranes by the Japanese legend that said whomever made a thousand of them would be granted a wish and her wish was to live. The cranes were finished and donated to many places of importance all around the world like the 9/11 memorial, the Museum of Tolerance and the Japanese American National Museum. The memorial erected for Sadako reads “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth.”
The girls and their families that stopped by our table were told about the importance of our organization and what we do around the world for women and girls and the importance of our rights as women and girls. Each girl was shown how to make their very own cranes which were then gathered together to donate their peace cranes. The festival brought together girls of various ages, cultures and religions to embrace one another and the power they have as they learned more about to uplifting and empowering one another.