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Kate Jongbloed

The greatest moments for GIRLS in 2013

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Kate Jongbloed

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Girls celebrated some GREAT moments in 2013!

Whether it was legal battles in courts, at the UN, or in the great outdoors, girls achieved some important milestones this year. We loved the 28 most iconic feminist moments of 2013 and best moments for women in 2013, but wanted to make our very own girl-specific list.

Let’s check out some of the greatest triumphs for girls this year!

January 10, 2013 – Quvenzhane Wallis, the 6-year-old star of Beasts of the Southern Wild became the youngest nominee for a Best Actress Academy Award. Did you know that she was also the first person born in the 21st century to receive an Oscar nod?

January 12, 2013 – A committed group of men in Bangalore sported skirts to protest rape culture in India. Their “Don’t skirt the issue” event drew more than 200 people and got global coverage.

February 1, 2013 – Known for standing up against the Taliban in support of girls’ education, activist Malala Yousafzai was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

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April 26, 2013 – Gender studies is now part of Ontario curriculum after a decision by the province’s Ministry of Education. The new classes were introduced into high schools in September 2013. This big change is thanks to 5 girls who launched the Miss G project 8 years ago!

May 28, 2013 – Kenyan girls won a landmark rape case. 240 survivors of child rape – some as young as 3 – took police who failed to investigate and prosecute cases of sexual violence against girls to court. While the country has strong laws against sexual assault, the judge ruled that police “contributed to a culture of tolerance for sexual violence against girls.” There’s a Canadian connection to this good news – read more from our supporter Sally Armstrong in Chatelaine!

July 12, 2013 – Hundreds of girls took part in the first ever youth takeover at the United Nations. Together they created an action plan to support universal education for all children. The event was dubbed Malala Day> in honour of her 16th birthday and her first public address since she was shot by the Taliban.

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July 23, 2013 – 5 female swimmers dove into Lake Ontario, vying to be the first group ever to cross the lake lengthwise. While the courageous team did not reach their goal after harsh weather conditions, raising money for Because I am a Girl!

September 22, 2013 – A team of Canadian women climbers reached the peak of Mt. Albert Edward on Vancouver Island to raise money for Because I am a Girl. The climbers surpassed their fundraising goal of $6867, raising a total of $10,825 to send girls to school in the developing world!

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September 24, 2013 –15-year-old Ann Makosinski from Victoria, BC won the top prize at Google’s global science fair. Inspired by a friend from the Philippines who struggled in school because she had no light to study after dark, Ann created a flashlight powered by body heat instead of batteries or electricity.

September 27, 2013 –The UN Human Rights Council made a unanimous decision to adopt a resolution against child marriage. More than 100 countries gave their support, recognizing that the harmful practice is a human rights violation.

October 9, 2013 – Millions of you put your hands up in support of girls’ right to education! Your raised hands help us tell the UN to put girls’ education at the top of the global agenda.

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October 10, 2013 – Jenn Heil reached a golden milestone! The Because I am a Girl celebrated ambassador and Olympic champion reached her fundraising goal of $1 million for girls in the developing world.

October 11, 2013 – The world celebrated the 2nd ever Day of the Girl and the Girl Declaration was launched!

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November 27, 2013 – A new UN resolution calls on countries to condemn violence against women human rights defenders like Malala Yousafzai.

What do YOU think were other great moments for girls in 2013?