October 11 is recognized by the United Nations as International Day of the Girl.

The theme for 2018 is With Her: A Skilled GirlForce.

“Today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed or in education or training.

Of the 1 billion young people – including 600 million adolescent girls – that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.

Under the theme, With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, International Day of the Girl will mark the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.”

Over the last 40 years, Legacy International has addressed crucial community-based issues on 5 continents, using the power and vision of women, through practical leadership development programs and the affirmation of universal values. 

Our TechGirls program connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing them access and opportunities to advance their skills and pursue their dreams.

Since 2012, TechGirls trained and mentored 181 teenage girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen. In 2019, the program expands to include 25 young women from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Najla from Libya is a current participant in Legacy’s Professional Fellows Program in economic development. She started a social enterprise called She Codes which aims to prepare girls and women for tech jobs by learning coding and other tech skills.  

Check out a video of Najla! 

Read about some of our recent work that addresses the issues women and girls face around the world.

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