International Day of the Girl


Why is the International Day of the Girl so important?

A girl in the developing world faces an overwhelming set of challenges from the day she is born. Because she is a girl, she’s more likely to suffer from malnutrition, be forced into an early marriage, be subjected to violence, be sold into the sex trade, or become infected with HIV. Because she is a girl, she’ll have limited access to a doctor or even a primary education. Unless something changes, she, too, may begin to believe that she deserves less, that her health and welfare will never matter.

But what happens if something does change? If a girl is given a chance? What happens if she has resources at hand to tap into her own power?

Given the chance, a girl can change the world.

One year ago, the United Nations declared October 11th to be the first International Day of the Girl. After centuries of discrimination and lost opportunities, the incredible potential of girls is being internationally recognized, and we hope you’ll join us in keeping up the momentum.

How is the International Day of the Girl being celebrated?

There will be lots of exciting activities going on around the United States and the world, from panel discussions on girls’ issues to celebratory events to advocacy initiatives. Plan International USA is thrilled to have participated in lighting the Empire State Building pink for second year in a row with a delegation of girls from Burkina Faso, Egypt and Nepal, as well as Global Ambassador Freida Pinto. Because I am a Girl has also hosted its second annual gala to commemorate this important day.

How can YOU get involved?

  • Sport a Because I am a Girl t-shirt or maybe some cool socks on October 11th to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.
  • Find us on Facebook! Share with us at @BcImaGirl on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to use the tags #bcimagirl #IDG2013 and share your support for girls around the world!
  • Make a donation to Because I am a Girl. When you invest in a girl, you give her the power to change the world!
  • Join us in New York City on International Day of the Girl as we unveil an interactive art installation at Danny Kaye Vistors Center and UNICEF Courtyard (3 United Nations Plaza, NYC).
  • Visit our Because I am a Girl blog to meet each of our girl ambassadors!
  • Help erase the barriers to education and #transformherfuture with our interactive digital billboard.
  • Read the latest report on girls in emergencies, "In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters", a report which examines how different stages of disaster affect the rights of adolescent girls.