International Day of the Girl

Photo Credit: Federica Valabrega



Formally known as International Day Of The Girl Child or International Day of The Girl, this UN sanctioned observance holiday is a youth led movement which had its’ debut in 2012. The brain child of Plan International, a children’s advocacy group with 75 global offices, Day Of The Girl grew out of Plan’s Because I’m A Girl program and cultivates public awareness of gender inequality, the need for education, protection of legal rights, protection from discrimination, protection from violence against women and child marriage. Plan raised awareness for the initiative through the Canadian Federal Government and Canada proposed the Day Of The Girl holiday to the United Nations as a resolution to the initiative of raising awareness for gender discrimination. The resolution was passed on December 19, 2011 and October 11th was established as the observance day. The resolution states that the Day of the Girl recognizes: “empowerment of and investment in girls, which are critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community”.

“Equal opportunities for girls, leading to collaboration between men and women, the next step in our global evolution.”

Girls are key in planning the event and are an integral part of deciding the event focus. Past themes include Ending Child Marriage, Innovating For Girls Education, and The Power Of Adolescent Girl. Since it’s inception, thousands celebrate the Day Of The Girl through a variety of events held around the world such as London’s 2016 Women Of The World conference, Girls And Football South Africa and a UN sponsored concert in Mumbai, India. In observance of the holiday each year, Plan International launches a global Girls Takeover allowing girls to assume the role of presidents, mayors, head teachers, business leaders and others in order to promote girls in leadership and to systematically tear down the social injustices which prevent women from leading. Equal opportunities for girls, leading to collaboration between men and women, the next step in our global evolution.


For an events schedule: #dayofthegirl #girlstakeover

Who’s Celebrating?

Global organizations participating in the Day Of The Girl event

United Nations


Plan International

One Girl

Global Fund for Women

Day of the Girl (USA)

Girl Up

Girl Guides of Canada

Girl Scouts

Unstoppable Foundation

Malala Fund



Soroptomist International

PCI Global

Girls Not Brides

The Elders

World Health Organization

Finding Bravery

UC San Diego


If your organization is celebrating Day Of The Girl and you are not listed here, please send an email to with your information.