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International Day of the Girl 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed all of us online more than ever before, and it doesn’t look like we’ll ever go back. But for girls, the online world is full of lies, stereotypes and false information that can perpetuate gender-based violence and extremism, keeping them from reaching new horizons and following their dreams. 

That’s why Plan International USA partners with girls to push through barriers and unlock their full power. 

International Day of the Girl is October 11, and Plan has been leading the global movement around this day ever since 2011, when we asked the United Nations to make it official. This year, we’re standing with girls and young women to combat rampant misinformation and disinformation that worsens their mental health, risks their safety and keeps them from fulfilling their true potential. 

Building off our successful #GirlUnlocked campaign, which launched in 2020 and focuses on helping girls around the world knock down the doors that are holding them back, we’re aligning with girls, other organizations, donors and advocates like you to help put an end to the lies. 

Join us in standing with girls and calling on national leaders to act now so girls and young women, in all their diversity, can be online and safe.  

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Sign the petition and call on the Biden administration to leverage government agencies, tech companies and others to tackle harmful misinformation and disinformation online. 

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Read the state of the world's girls report

The Truth Gap

Read the 2021 State of the World’s Girls report to see how misinformation and disinformation online impact girls and young women. 

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Join the international day of the girl youth summit

Call it out, shut it down

Join young advocates and national organizations, SafeBAE and Space to Speak, for two unique events! Hear about how misinformation and disinformation harm girls and learn skills to combat abuse online. 

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Join the international day of the girl policy event

Combating gender-based violence

Join us for a conversation with Plan advocates and government leaders on the impacts of online and in-person gender-based violence, and what can be done to stop the abuse. 

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Girl Unlocked Report

Looking for more info? 

Take a look at what we accomplished by downloading our 2020 International Day of the Girl report.

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Here’s how amazing partners like you

helped to unlock opportunities for girls in 2020

million impressions generated on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.
million media impressions showcasing partners.
actions to support #GirlUnlocked, including attending a virtual event, signing a petition, decorating doors and more.

Join the movement in 2021!

You can partner with Plan to engage your consumers, employees and stakeholders through social media, digital activations, fundraising opportunities and more.

Girls taking over: In 2020, our corporate partners welcomed youth advocates as they participated in our annual Girl Takeovers, assuming important leadership roles across the country and unlocking new opportunities for girls. At AllianceBernstein, Creative Artists Agency and more, girls ran meetings, shared input and showed their true potential.

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UN International Day of the Girl participants