What is International Day of the Girl? 

An annual initiative, taking place on the 11th October, The International Day of the Girl is a celebration marked by the United Nations recognising girls’ rights, launched in 2012.


Why was International Day of the Girl created? 

There are 1.1 billion young girls worldwide, many of whom face challenges such as child marriage, child poverty, child labour, female genital mutilation and adolescent pregnancies – simply because they’re girls. These unnatural experiences remove their childhood innocence, forcing them to mature too quickly.

650 million

girls and women around the world today were married as children

200 million

girls and women have undergone FGM

21 million

girls aged 15 to 19 years will become pregnant in developing regions

The UN created ‘International Day of the Girl’, to increase the awareness of gender equality and the adversities girls face as a result of humanitarian crisis or the cycle of poverty. While these issues exist all year round, this day marks the prevalence of these issues and provokes political conversations for action.

In humanitarian crises, the impact on girls rise considerably higher. Girls are more likely to be subject to sexual and physical violence, exploitation and trafficking. They are often forced to stay at home and unable to attend school, compromising their potential to break free from the cycle of poverty. 

Among all the adversities young girls face around the globe, they can live in the hope that one day their lives will change for the better. Whilst so many don’t have a voice, we do. Together we can transform the social well-being, and the futures, of these young girls.

How does International Day of the Girl work?

Each year a different theme is created to help create a focal point for the campaign.

International Day of the Girl themes:

2012 – ‘Ending Child Marriage’
2013 – ‘Innovating for Girl’s Education’
2014 – ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence’ 
2015 – ‘Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030’
2016 – Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls
2017 – EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises," 
2018 – “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force.”

The theme for International Day of the Girl 2019 is ‘Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow.’

The day aims to support and empower young women to be who they want to be. With our help, we can help provide girls with a better education, protection from violence and put a stop to child marriage. 

Use the hashtag #standwithher to help show support, spread the message and give young girls a voice for change.

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