CARE and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. Celebrate International Day of the Girl

CARE and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. Celebrate International Day of the Girl

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Two Atlanta-based organizations team up to co-host summit on girls’ leadership on Oct. 11

ATLANTA (Oct. 10, 2014) – CARE, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. (NCCHR), the umbrella organization for the new Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the 30+ organizations of the NCCHR’s Women and Girl’s Collaborative are partnering to celebrate International Day of the Girl with a morning program to promote women and girls as leaders.

The event, titled “The Leader in You: Finding Inspiration Inside,” will take place in Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Georgia Power Auditorium. The program will promote women and girls as leaders, focusing on the importance of self-esteem and inner confidence and the significance of promoting these values for girls everywhere.

Just two years ago, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl to raise awareness of gender inequality around the world. It’s a day where activists come together to advance the rights and opportunities for girls.

“It just made perfect sense for CARE, which places special emphasis on empowering women and girls, to partner on this special occasion with The National Center for Civil and Human Right, Inc.’s Women and Girls Collaborative.” said Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE. “For us, International Day of the Girl is not just one day. It’s a movement that is critical to our purpose. Gender equality must be a reality around the world if we expect to eradicate poverty.”

“Since inception, the need to help build awareness around issues affecting women and girls was considered a core human rights topic for the Center for Civil and Human Rights, thanks to our key affinity groups like the Women’s Solidarity Society and the Women and Girls Collaborative,” said Doug Shipman, CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with CARE to continue this annual community celebration of International Day of the Girl.”

CARE’s Dr. Gayle will provide opening remarks at the event, followed by an impressive panel of young Atlanta-area women activists who will discuss leadership and how they were inspired to be leaders. Panelists include Ruwa Romman, NCCHR intern and president of the Student Government Association at Oglethorpe University, Octavia Fugerson, a Ph.D candidate in Educational Psychology at University of Georgia; Margaret Langford, senior at Atlanta Girls' School; Maya Penn, 14-year-old philanthropist, environmental activist and CEO of Maya's Ideas; and Chinenyenwa Okoye, Student Government Association President at Agnes Scott College.

To foster an intergenerational discussion, girls age 11 and up are encouraged to bring a significant adult in their lives.

Following the panel, attendees will participate in breakout sessions to explore their inner inspiration. The participants can select from the following sessions: Find the Creative Leader in You, Find the Political Leader in You, Find the Entrepreneurial Leader in You, Find the Activist Leader in You and Find the Organizational Leader in You.

The audience will gather once again at the conclusion of the event to share experiences and leave with an actionable item to ignite their own leadership. Following the event, The Center invites the community to bring their favorite girls to the museum, located next to the World of Coca-Cola, to join the continued celebration of International Day of the Girl. Join The Center and receive 20% off a general admission ticket when you bring two girls in your life. There will be fun filled activities for all ages, giveaways and 20% off on a membership to The Center. The Center is open until 5 p.m. with the last admission at 4 p.m.

For interviews, please contact Brian Feagans at CARE,, or 404-457-4644 or LaTasha Smith at NCCHR,

ABOUT CARE: Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in 87 countries and reached more than 97 million people around the world.

About The Center for Civil and Human Rights: The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects The American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global Human Rights Movements. The Center features a continuously rotating exhibit from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items. Visitors will be immersed in experiential exhibits through powerful and authentic stories, historic documents, compelling artifacts, and interactive activities. The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue — featuring a broadcast studio, hosting educational forums and attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. For more information, visit