The International Day of the Girl Child

October 11th is International Day of the Girl Child. 


Written by: Ellen Young


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With this year’s theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future,” the team at SHE wanted to promote this International Day and dig into the history and significance of October 11th.

25 years ago, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the global agenda for advancing the rights and empowerment of women and girls, everywhere, made waves.  

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. 

The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face globally. Additionally it seeks to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. 

During a global pandemic that is setting back gender equality everywhere, we want to highlight the demands of the UN’s 2020 International Day of the Girl Child.  

Live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS   
Learn new skills towards the futures they choose   
Lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change 

Moving forward, the UN asks that we 1) Share stories on October 11th of inspiring young girls and young women who are leading efforts towards social change and 2) Participate in youth-led events and social media campaigns. Directly supporting young girls’ voices provides the amplification this movement needs.