October 10, 2012

On October 10, 2012 NYU Washington, DC hosted the biggest celebration in D.C. commemorating the first-ever International Day of the Girl! FAIR Girls, along with its community partners Covenant House, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Washington Area Women's Foundation and DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation held the official proclamation ceremony and reception at the Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center. The official proclamation, drafted with input from FAIR Girls' teen advisors, was signed by Councilmember Yvette Alexander to officially recognize the Day of the Girl in the Nation's capital. We also heard from Tyra, a 19 year old participant of JewelGirls, FAIR Girls' economic empowerment program, and Victoria Pannell, a 13 year old actress and girls' rights activist. The inspiring evening showcased special performances from youth performing arts groups in the DC Metro Area and celebrated girls' achievements, talents, and voices in the community. All participating organizations presented literature and information about their programs and FAIR Girls' handcrafted jewelry made by D.C. girls and survivors of trafficking was sold at the closing reception.

Read the Washington, DC Proclamation

FAIR Girls prevents the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. Through prevention education, crisis response, long-term care, and survivor inclusive advocacy, FAIR Girls creates opportunities for girls to become confident, happy, healthy young women. Founded in 2003, FAIR Girls was created to empower girls in the U.S. and around the world who have been forgotten, exploited or otherwise are at-risk of not reaching their potential. FAIR stands for Free, Aware, Inspired, Restored – this is exactly what we hope the girls we work with will become. FAIR Girls currently operates programs in Bosnia, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. The FAIR Girls home office in Washington, D.C. works to prevent the exploitation of all girls, with a special emphasis on girls who have experienced homelessness, life inside the foster care system, sexual abuse, and trafficking.