International Day of the Girl Child | 11 October

international day of the girl child

Since 2012, 11 October has been celebrated as the International Day of the Girl.

The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

The United Nations led initiative, International Day of the Girl Child supports more than 1.1 billion girls worldwide.

This year’s initiative is called ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’, and marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during and after crises.

According to statistics, every ten minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence.

Adolescent girls in conflict zones are also 90 per cent more likely to be out of school, compared to girls in conflict-free countries.

Watch the UN Women’s International Day of the Child video below:

Alongside the UN Women’s campaign, the global charity, Plan International, are once again promoting their initiative, #GirlsTakeover. The initiative will see girls take over the positions of over 600 leaders in 60 countries. Girls will become presidents, mayors, head teachers and business leaders to show that girls can achieve anything they want to.

Alison Simpson
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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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