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'#GirlsGetEqual': Let’s rewrite our stories!

  • Wafi Tsabitah and Patrice Yang

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Surakarta/Jakarta   /   Fri, October 11, 2019   /  12:06 pm
'#GirlsGetEqual': Let’s rewrite our stories! Wafi Tsabitah, 17, is a 12-grade student who became Swedish ambassador to Indonesia in the #GirlsTakeOver role-play event, is posing with Marina Berg, the real Ambassador of Sweden to Indonesia. (Instagram.com/swedenjakarta)

Every year on Oct. 11, we celebrate the International Day of the Girl (IDG), which reminds us that girls can do everything and be anything. The United Nations declared this special day in 2012 to highlight the challenges girls face and to appeal for more support for girls’ empowerment and rights. All girls have rights, we’re told, and that we deserve to dream as high as the stars. But we also frequently hear that girls do not need higher education because they will end up being “mothers”. This mindset has been holding us back. Although a girl can choose to become a mother, she is usually the primary source of information and education for her children, so it is important that all girls have access to education. Education is also a human right. During the 4th World Conference on Women in 1995, thousands of women and men from almost 200 countries gathered i...

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