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Live to Love Celebrates 11th October as the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’

October 11, 2012

NEW YORK and NEW DELHI, October 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Slew of initiatives planned with Michelle Yeoh to Empower the Girl Child

Celebrating 11th October as the officially declared ‘International Day of the Girl
Child’ by the UN General Assembly, Live to Love, the humanitarian organisation founded and
promoted by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, spiritual head of Drukpa Buddhists today
gave a new thrust to its initiatives for the Girl Child. Live to Love has planned a slew
of initiatives along with Michelle Yeoh (who is also their Global Ambassador) to empower
women across the world. Various Live to Love chapters across the globe created mini events
in their areas to celebrate the first ‘Girl’s day’.

Live to Love chapters around the world have been working together to empower womanhood
across the world, and the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to
declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child strengthens their efforts
and resolve in this direction. The Drukpa Kung Fu Nuns supported by the Live to Love
“Education” Initiative, perhaps the most recognised effort of women empowerment globally,
have been featured by the media in more than 130 countries. Live to Love is also actively
involved in educational projects in the remote Himalayas to educate girls. The Druk White
Lotus School (http://www.dwls.org) was established with promoting gender equality as
one of its most important priorities.

Speaking on the subject, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa said, “Women make up half of
the world’s population. They give birth to us, and they give us life. They are, in fact,
the reason for our being. It is extremely encouraging to note that organisations,
countries and societies are now working towards giving the girl child a fair deal. Girls
are discriminated both because of gender and age, and this “International Day of the Girl
Child” will help to promote girls’ rights as the most significant issue in the coming

During his current visit to New York to attend a few of the current UN General
Assembly sessions, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa spoke at the Women Leaders Forum. “We
all have to join together to help eliminate fear, especially among women; not only women,
but children and everyone who is affected by fear. This is because everyone deserves to be
fearless and fearlessness is a part of our primordial nature.”

His Holiness is a recipient of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals Award for his
humanitarian work, of which women empowerment forms a key part.

Talking about her plans to promote women empowerment, Michelle Yeoh said, “The
celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child is a start of greater things to
come. This is a welcome beginning. With this, the focus has been officially placed on the
need to act. I will join hands with Live to Love on various short-term and long-term
initiatives across the globe to work for the betterment of women.”

About Live to Love

Live to Love is an international network of non-profit organizations, founded by His
Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa to create and to support lasting solutions to modern
problems. The organization focuses of education, environmental protection, medical
services and cultural preservation.

Live to Love’s impacts the following regions: Bhutan, France, Germany, Hong Kong,
India, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan,
Vietnam, UK, and USA. For more on Live to Love, visit http://www.livetolove.org and
http://drukpa.mediafire.com/?1a93schvyhk0q for photographs on some initiatives

For Further Information, please Contact

Shreeya Roy, Live to Love, communications@drukpa.com, +91-9350335761

SOURCE Live to Love Foundation

Source: PR Newswire