Yesterday was International Day of the Girl, which, according to the United Nations, is a “day (that) aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights”, and, according to us, is the best day on the calendar year.
If you didn’t already think a day celebrating the empowerment of girls was amazing enough, the almighty queen Beyoncé dropped a new video for her incredible song ‘Freedom’! She teamed up with British director MJ Delaney to deliver us a video which features young girls around the world lip-syncing to her Lemonade track, along with some heart-wrenching facts about what girls experience globally.
In a facebook post, Beyoncé wrote:
“Today is #DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join me, Chime for Change, and The Global Goals by taking action for #FreedomForGirls now: www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl”
The clip calls to end all violence against girls, and the videos YouTube description tells you how you can help fight for freedom:
“Every day girls around the world are fighting for their freedom. This International Day of the Girl – join them and raise your voice:
1. Share the film and tell us what #FreedomForGirls means to you
2. Take action at http://www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl
In 2015 when leaders signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – the Global Goals – they made a promise – to empower all girls. There has been progress but we need to keep up the pressure. If we work together we can make sure world leaders deliver and every girl grows up healthy, safe, empowered and able to fulfil her dreams.
This new film from director MJ Delaney featuring ‘Freedom’ by Beyoncé, calls for action on some of the biggest challenges girls face like access to education, child marriage and the threat of violence´
Last year we asked you to share #WhatIReallyReallyWant for girls and women – this year we want you to raise your voice for freedom.
This can’t wait – we need action now if we are to achieve the Global Goals and equality for all girls.”
In the words of Beyoncé herself: Who run the world? Girls.