International Day of the Girl Child is an annual event observed on 11 October to promote girl’s empowerment and fulfill human rights. This day also aims to attend challenges face by them.
Observed on: 11 October
Organized by: UN, UNWOMEN
Introduced in: 2011 (UN Resolution)
About International Day of the Girl Child
The United Nations General Assembly on December 19, 2011 declared 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child. This day is observed to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The first observance was in 2012 with the theme Ending Child Marriage.
This day aims at give attention to the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Along with this the day helps to increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls and inequality in different other fields like education, nutrition, legal, medical care etc. It also aims at reducing violence against women and girl child and child marriage.
Activities and Programs on the Day
Many programs and actions like campaigns, seminars, conferences, displays etc. are conducted all over the world to raise awareness and spread the message.
Awareness campaigns are conducting on the social media with specific hashtags. One of the hashtags used in the campaign is #dayofthegirl.
Theme for International Day of the Girl Child
International Day of the Girl Child 2020 Theme is “My voice, our equal future“
Day of the Girl Child 2019 Theme was “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow“
Girl Child Day 2018 Theme was “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force“
2017 Theme: EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises
2016 Theme: Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls
2015 Theme: The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030
2014 Theme: Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence
2013 Theme: Innovating for Girls’ Education
2012 Theme: Ending Child Marriage