National Girls Day and Women’s Friendship Month Go International

MEMPHIS, TN, July 19, 2010 – Beginning this year, National Girls Day and National Women’s Friendship Month will be celebrated by girls and women around the world. Created by Kappa Delta Sorority as national holidays, these celebrations have gained recognition on an international stage with the recent support of CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.

“We are excited to take National Girls Day and National Women’s Friendship Month international,” said Melanie Schild, Executive Director of Kappa Delta Sorority. “Even though girls and women around the world speak different languages and are faced with very different issues, at the core they are the same. They have dreams and aspirations. They want a safe place to live and raise their families. They provide each other support to live the lives they imagine. We are happy to join with girls and women worldwide through friendship and caring.”

What began in 1999 as National Women’s Friendship Day changed to a month-long celebration in September 2009. The name will officially change to International Women’s Friendship Month in 2011. The first-ever celebration of National Girls Day will take place November 14 of this year, with the name changing to International Girls Day in 2011.

In addition to CARE, many other partners of the Confidence Coalition will recognize these celebrations with confidence-building events and awareness projects. Created in 2009, the Confidence Coalition is a national movement spearheaded by Kappa Delta that brings together organizations, companies and individuals committed to building confidence in girls and women. It now has more than 40 partners. For more information on International Women’s Friendship Month and International Girls Day, including ideas on how you can celebrate, please visit

Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women with over 210,000 members, 212 chartered collegiate chapters and 506 chartered alumnae chapters nationwide. In 2009, the sorority created the Confidence Coalition, an alliance of organizations and companies committed to promoting confidence in girls and women. Kappa Delta created International Women’s Friendship Month and International Girls Day to empower women and girls to reach their potential. Kappa Delta is active in a number of philanthropic endeavors, including the prevention of child abuse and Girl Scouts of the USA. Kappa Delta’s national headquarters is in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, visit


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