This International Day of the Girl, Be Bold!

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 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. 

Two years ago, the United Nations declared October 11 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 spearhead the lighting of the Empire State Building pink for the third year in a row, along with a delegation of girl ambassadors from Uganda, Pakistan, and the United States. Because I am a Girl Ambassador Julianne Hough will be headlining this and other events throughout the week. Plan will also host its annual celebration to commemorate this important day.

In addition, Plan hosted a Thought Leader Panel on October 7th. The topic of conversation for the panel consisting of Plan International USA Girl Ambassadors, Plan CEO Tessie San Martin, NoVo Foundation President Jennifer Buffett, Global Youth Advocate Chernor Bah, and Morgan Stanley Managing Director of Philanthropy Melanie Schnoll was this year’s State of the World’s Girls Report: Pathways to Power.


How can YOU get involved?

  • Find us on Facebook! Share with us at @BcImaGirl on Twitter and Instagram. This year’s hashtag is #BeBold4Girls
  • Make a donation to the Because I am a Girl Fund. When you invest in a girl, you give her the power to change the world!
  • Visit Plan International USA’s Crowdrise page to learn how you can Be Bold and join the fight against gender inequality. Also, don’t miss our Be Bold blog series on the Plan website!
  • Sport a Because I am a Girl t-shirt or maybe some cool socks on October 11 to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.