October 11 is a special day for Tech-Girls. We launched on the first International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012. It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

The United Nations set aside this day “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.

There are a litany of issues facing girls worldwide including illiteracy, school dropout, forced marriage, violence and media misrepresentation. These are not new problems, but are issues rooted in systems of inequality that have been around for a long time. There are overwhelming stats that can never fully convey the heart-breaking realities they reveal, but there are alternate realities we can embrace. Eve Ensler has a vision of that alternate reality - “if teenage girls wake up, if teenage girls take it back, this whole world will change overnight because they have more energy, more brilliance, more gut-filled, open-hearted wisdom”.

In 2012, the International Day of the Girl planted a flag, to take stock of where we were and where we wanted to be on the issue of gender equality. This year the call for action is for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. This technology-focused, big data goal requires the very things that our Tech-Girls mission embraces - empowering girls to imagine and achieve new futures for themselves by providing them with solid foundational knowledge of computer science concepts and inspiring them to share their vision with the globally connected community.

To find out how you can be part of the Tech-Girls movement, visit http://www.tech-girls.org/.

About the Author
Kim Wilkens
Author: Kim WilkensWebsite: https://www.linkedin.com/in/techkim
Kim Wilkens is an activist, volunteer, writer, mentor, student and teacher who is passionate about technology, education and social justice. She is the chair of CBIC’s Tech Tour, the founder of Tech-Girls and an enthusiastic supporter of Cville Women in Tech. Kim brings her love for technology and education together as the computer science initiative coordinator at STAB.