WRITTEN BY LARA LEGATH

SFC’s Girl Up club held the Week of the Girl event from November 4th through the 10th. The activities on each day were geared toward female empowerment, respect, and overall well-being for women in the St. Francis College community.

Girl Up is a global organization that partners with the United Nations Foundation to unite girls to change the world. “Girls are powerful. When they’re educated, healthy, safe, and counted, they transform their communities,” their official website states. “Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, engages girls to stand up for girls, empowering each other and changing our world. Led by a community of passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, our efforts help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.”

Friday, November 4th started the Week of the Girl with Respect Initiative at SFC that took place in the cafeteria from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. There, SFC’s Girl Up group asked women to respond to the question, “What does respect mean to you?” They covered an entire wall with the answers of the women of St.Francis College, like “Yes means yes” and “Show you care.”

Monday, November 7th featured the Informational Fair in the cafeteria from 12:20 to 1:45, showing off a number of different clubs that came together for the event. The members of Girl Up were there with free shirts, notepads, and pamphlets about The Respect Initiative created by the Women’s Center, as well as information about SFC’s Women’s Studies minor.

Their informational pamphlet stated the Respect Initiative’s purpose, saying, ”The Respect Initiative is dedicated to promoting respect for everyone, regardless of sex, gender, race, socioeconomic class, political beliefs, physical (dis)ability, nationality, or any of the other myriad ways people tend to be ‘categorized’. Every person deserves respect.”

The LGBTQ club was also featured at the fair, with a table dedicated to “Queer Women In History” that celebrated and informed visitors about famous women of all sexualities.

SFC’s Students Against Racism club—who gave out candy with facts about women on them—was featured at the fair as well.

Also present was the Active Minds club, promoting mental health and selling Active Minds bracelets that had different colors representing different causes. Yellow bracelets were for suicide prevention, orange for self-harm prevention, blue for bullying prevention and anxiety disorders, purple for eating disorders, burgundy for substance abuse issues, and black/white for general mental health awareness.

SFC’s newly-formed Art and Cultures Club had a table showcasing female-inspired art projects created by students, and offering free cupcakes.

The Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society also had a table for their fundraiser “Xi Rho Chapter,” a new branch of the honors education society’s chapter at SFC.

The Clear Passages Committee was there as well, and they shared their upcoming event “The Great American Smoke Out” and showcased their art contest “The Economic Impact of Smoking.”

Tuesday, November 8th the SFC Mock Election was held at the SGA Senator’s Office all day where students could share their opinion by casting their “mock” vote. Wednesday, November 9th featured the Selena Cuffe Presentation at the 6th floor lounge. Last but not least, Thursday, November 10th closed the week with the Peace is Lord Presentation at Callahan Center.

Overall, Week of the Girl was exciting for all those who attended, whether it was to show your girl power or learn more about what women can do today when they work together. Everyone was supportive in the event by tabling during the fair and sharing their knowledge about the cause.