NYC: International Day of the Girl 5k Run & Panel for Ethiopia Hosted by GGRF – By Tadias Magazine


New York (TADIAS) — The Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF), which employs a successful method of
combining athletics, education and others skills-training to empower young women in rural areas in
Ethiopia, is hosting an “International Day of the Girl 5k Pop-Up Run & Panel” in New York City on
Wednesday October 11th. The run and panel discussion is hosted in recognition of the International Day of
the Girl.

For the past five years October 11th has been designated by the United Nations as the International Day of
the Girl, honoring the world’s 1.1 billion girls who are “a source of power, energy, and creativity.”
According to the United Nations “the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face,
while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”

The event announcement adds: “Girls Gotta Run is the only non-profit organization in Ethiopia that uses the
national sport of running as an innovative approach to creating safe spaces, ending child marriage, and
expanding access to secondary school for vulnerable girls. All proceeds generated by the 5k pop-up run and
panel discussion will go towards providing GGRF Athletic Scholarships for girls in Ethiopia.”

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Following the run, a panel discussion will take place at Shutterstock HQ at Empire State Building, with
various “female changemakers and running ambassadors, exploring the creation of safe spaces through
running and how sport can be a community empowerment [and] mobilization tool.” Panelists include
Mekdes Mersha, Model & Clinical Researcher; Beatrice Frey, UN Women Communications Specialist and
Sport Portfolio Coordinator; Alison Désir, Founder of Harlem Run & Run 4 All Women; Jessica Zapotechne,
Founder of Girls Run NYC & Black Roses NYC; and Candice Huffine, Model & Founder of Project Start.
“The IDG GGR 5k pop-up fun run will start at 6 pm at Shutterstock HQ and run along the West Side
Highway,” Organizers say. “All runners are welcome.”

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