International Day of the Girl
History of International Day of the Girl
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
International Day of the Girl focuses on the obstacles girls face around the globe, promotes the empowerment of girls, and addresses the fulfillment of their human rights.
"Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. In humanitarian emergencies, gender-based violence often increases, subjecting girls to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation and trafficking. Adolescent girls in conflict zones are ninety percent more likely to be out of school when compared to girls in conflict-free countries, compromising their future prospects for work and financial independence as adults," the UN said.
How to celebrate International Day of the Girl
Here are a few ideas on ways to show support to the girls in your life.
- Learn about girls who are changing the world; teach boys and girls alike about these girls and the issues facing girls around the world. Examples include Malala or Behnaz Shafiei.
- Consider sharing a supportive message on social media with the hashtag #dayofthegirl.
- Read books—on your own or to your students—about empowered girls. A few to check out include Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst, or Rosie Revere, Engineer & Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty.
- Host an event or fundraiser to raise awareness about issues facing girls around the world and money to support those causes.
- Remind every girl that you encounter that they're capable, they matter, and they're an important part of the future. Give girls opportunities to learn, grow, and have meaningful experiences at school, in your family, or in the community.