Get published in our upcoming Girls Say book

Over the last few years, International Women’s Day has taken the world by storm. However, many of the issues women face begin in girlhood. If effectively supported during their formative years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, entrepreneurs, role models, family heads, and leaders.

The UN’s International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and promotes girls’ empowerment. For International Day of the Girl 2021 we’re putting together a book by girls for girls. We invite all girls and young women aged 5-18, to speak out and express themselves with us in our upcoming creative anthology book.

Entry submissions may be any type of creative media we can print – it could be a piece of art, a poem, a short story, a photograph, you decide! The important thing is that you express yourself. All submissions must be works inspired by the GFS Girl statements. These are the six key statements that GFS aims to help girls identify with. We believe these skills embodied by them will give them the tools they need to face the increased challenges they will face in life. After all, every day is International Day of the Girl at GFS.


How to enter

Our new book will showcase work created by girls and young women that reflects on how they feel about each of the following GFS Girl statements:

  • I can speak up about things that matter to me
  • I am proud of who I am
  • I try again if I have a setback
  • I can try new or unfamiliar things
  • I believe I can achieve my hopes and dreams
  • I can enjoy friendships with all kinds of people

All submissions from girls in England and Wales that meet the listed criteria will be included in the book and credited to the artist – we want to give as many girls and young women as possible an opportunity to have their voices heard and be published.

Submissions from overseas are welcome, and will be included in an online collation of all entries.

All applications must be submitted by midnight on Friday 8 October. Our front cover will be announced on our social media channels on International Day of the Girl – 11 October.

For full submission guidelines and FAQ’s, please visit this page.

Copies of the book will be available for UK based entrants to purchase £4.


International Day of the Girl and why it matters

Addressing gender gaps and guaranteeing the rights of women and girls is an essential part of creating justice and inclusion for all. Girls have the right to live safe and healthy lives, with equal access to education. The girls of today are the women of tomorrow and their rights are human ones.

While International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s, it’s taken decades to get girls rights into the conversation. International Day of the Girl Child was born in 2011, following the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing.

The plans made in this conference are considered the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of women AND girls. In fact, the Beijing Declaration is the first of it’s kind to specifically discuss girls rights.

When girls are supported and empowered to break down barriers, including those directed at girls with disabilities and those living in marginalised communities, we create a more equitable society, in which we are equal partners. By uplifting girls, we are empowering future generations. Investing in girls is an investment in the future of the world.


Get involved with GFS

Research shows that from the age of five, girls start to see themselves and what they can achieve differently. Studies also found that single-gender spaces encourage girls to take more risks, express themselves and develop their confidence. So that’s what we do – we run groups for girls.

The groups are a place where girls and young women build the foundations of self-esteem, acceptance and resilience that will see them through the challenging years to come.

If you’re looking for other ways to join in with GFS, there’s plenty of opportunities to join our supportive girl-shaped community. To find out more about your options, please click through on the buttons below that most interest you:


Partner with us for International Day of the Girl

If your company is looking for a way to celebrate IDG, why not get in contact with us to see how we could collaborate? There are many ways you can support GFS on International Day of the Girl, by sharing our competition, supporting the production of our book or by fundraising for your local group.

If you are interested in working with GFS for IDG, please email imogeng@girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk


Inclusion

GFS strives to play a part in building a fair society for everyone. This requires an intersectional approach that recognises and respects the rights of all people. We are asked about whether this includes those who identify as transgender. We are proud to say that at GFS, trans women and girls will always be welcome, valued and supported.