Updated: Oct 31
Photos and Video by Nystasha Kelly of Complexion Photography
Girls and women powerfully took center stage at Montgomery’s first-ever International Day of the Girl celebration on Saturday, October 7, 2023. The celebration was under the auspices of Women in Training, Inc. Board of Directors; Alabama State Representative Rolanda Hollis, Chairwoman.
The International Day of the Girl celebration was a three-part event, beginning with the Fourth Annual WIT 5K Race: Empowering Girls to Change the World, managed by Laurie Edmondson, Race Director, with an exciting warmup with Karon White.
Dr. Nandini Ramroop, Chairwoman, WIT International Day of the Girl, hosted the Multicultural & STEM Festival at Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University in downtown Montgomery. The celebration culminated at The White House at the Gender Policy Council's "Girls Leading Change" ceremony, hosted by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, on October 11, 2023.
"This International Day of the Girl event was very significant to our city, especially for the youth, as it provided avenues to celebrate young women leaders, as well as learn about various cultures across the globe that are represented in our very own Capital City," Dr. Ramroop said. "The global presence and the accomplished women of our community serve as role models for our girls."
Celebrated annually on October 11 International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address challenges girls face, promote girls’ empowerment and promote the fulfillment of girls’ human rights. President Joseph R. Biden officially declared October 11, 2023, as International Day of the Girl in the United States.
View this video that summarizes Montgomery's International Day of the Girl celebration!
WIT partnered with the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University to produce the festival.
"Girls’ rights are human rights, and by helping to spark the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks demonstrated her philosophy of respecting the human rights and dignity of all people,” said Donna M. Beisel, director of operations for the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University. “That’s why the Rosa Parks Museum is honored to partner with Women in Training, Inc. for the 2023 International Day of the Girl Child festivities to continue uplifting and empowering young women.”
WIT Monarchs from the WIT Leadership Development Academy gave welcome remarks and the history of International Day of the Girl Child. From left to right: Gabrielle Johns, Savannah Williams and Kaylana Bazile.
Women in Training volunteers distributed 100 WITKITS of menstrual, dental and hygiene supplies at the International Day of the Girl celebration at Rosa Parks Museum. The Alabama State University Women's Soccer team packed the WITKITS, with support from Charlinda Walker of Brick and Board Real Estate Advisors.
Little -- and not so little -- girls enjoyed the screening of Disney's new "The Little Mermaid" film.
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden invited Women in Training, Inc. founders, Breanna and Brooke Bennett. to The White House to celebrate the inaugural "Girls Leading Change" ceremony in honor of International Day of the Girl 2023 on October 11, 2023. Please read about it in The Washington Post or watch on WSFA-TV News.