Celebrate the International Day of Friendship!

The International Day of Friendship was adapted with the idea that friendship between people, countries, and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. Check out our Facebook page and tell us what qualities you admire in a friend.

Learn how Because I am a Girl is creating support networks for girls around the world.

Can you imagine raising a baby by yourself, with no information on how to care for or raise a healthy child? In Indonesia, a nation of islands, mothers in rural regions are particularly isolated. But through the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies project, they have access to knowledge on infant nutrition, and, more importantly, a strong support group of other young mothers.

“You see, many women are isolated and too busy to even look after themselves. So this group has not only taught me about nutrition to help my baby grow and develop a healthy brain, but I also now have a group of women that are my friends, and we support each other.” -Wenti, mother of two

El Salvador is the most dangerous country in the world to be a girl. In this environment, the support of peers is vital. In the Girls Against Violence project, girls form “co-listener” groups to protect each other from violence and make sure that no one suffers in silence.

“I told my friend that violence is not love, and it CAN be reported!” –Girl participant

In Ethiopia, many girls drop out of school when they reach puberty, and are forced to be married to a much older man for “protection” and to live in domestic servitude. There are few situations more isolating than this. Through the Girls’ Empowerment Through Education project, girls are not only supported with materials to go to school, but they can join clubs where they support one another to stay in school and get trained on topics such as leadership, life skills, and reproductive health.

“Girls have potential but they lack the opportunity. If the world accepts our potential, together with the boys we can all achieve more.” -Hiwot, 14 years old