International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2018

What is International Day of the Girl?

The United Nations declared this day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Learn more here. 

“Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.” Read more.

Why is it important to empower girls? Look at the statistics…

“The 1.1 billion girls of today’s world are challenging the status quo. They’re redefining girlhood, and they’re doing so against the odds…. This year alone, 12 million girls under 18 will be married, and 21 million girls aged 15 to 19 years will become pregnant in developing regions.

And yet, they persist, they succeed. They are innovating technology to solve global challenges, they are standing up for the environment, they are raising their voices against violence and they are preparing to run for office.” Read more here.

You can join in to help girls takeover. Learn more at Plan International about how you can help #GirlsTakeover.

Let’s share their stories…Girl Rising

Want to share stories of girls from around the world? Check out Girl Rising and sign up for a free screening in your community (plus curriculum for each chapter of the film). Learn more here.