October 11 declared Day of the Girl

The UN General Assembly has formally declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child

The UN General Assembly has formally declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.

December 19, 2011 – An historic milestone for girls’ rights has been reached as the UN General Assembly has formally declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.

A group effort

Plan Canada helped lead the call for the new commemorative day as part of its Because I am a Girl initiative, a global movement to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty. But, we didn’t make this day happen on our own.

The movement was supported by young girls and boys worldwide, Canadian supporters, and the support and leadership of Minister Ambrose and the Canadian government to make the Day of the Girl a reality.

Just the beginning

“The International Day of the Girl Child is an important way to address girls’ rights and accelerate the investment and recognition girls deserve as citizens and as powerful agents of social change,” said Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan Canada.

Although the Day of the Girl will bring much needed attend and focus to girls’ rights, our work is not done yet. Plan will continue to work to ensure girls – and all children – receive the education, healthcare, clean water, and protection that are their rights.

Timeline: Journey to International Day of the Girl Child

Find out how we got from the first petition signature to a declaration from the United Nations!

Timeline: Journey to International Day of the Girl Child

The International Day of the Girl was only made possible with the help of individuals, organizations, and government.

Girls’ rights are human rights.
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