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Celebrating Day of the Girl

October 11 was declared International Day of the Girl Child by the UN in 2011, following a campaign led by Plan Canada. The success of this campaign was the result of the tens of thousands of petitions signed and letters sent to MPs by supporters across Canada, as well as support from the Canadian government.

Each year, International Day of the Girl is an opportunity for the whole world to come together to champion and advocate for girls’ rights around the world.Here are some highlights of past Day of the Girl celebrations.


2014

We kicked off the 2014 Day of the Girl celebrations by inviting girls, boys, men and women to join us in the movement to create a #BrighterFuture for girls everywhere by sharing photos or messages about how they're taking action to create a brighter future, or by sharing what a brighter future for girls means to them. These inspiring posts were featured in our virtual brighter future gallery! World-renowned Post-it®Note artist, Andreas Kopp, even joined Plan Canada in celebrating a brighter future for girls by creating an 8-foot interactive Post-it Note installation at the Toronto Eaton Centre. We were proud to have two of our Celebrated Ambassadors, actress Sarah Rafferty and three-time Olympic champion Marnie McBean, take part in this artistic creation alongside supporters.

Check out our Facebook photo album to see how over 1,200 inspirational notes were transformed into an image that celebrates the spirit of Day of the Girl!

Two women and a man standing in front of an image made out of post-it notes.

See how other parts of the world celebrated Day of the Girl 2014!


2013

Global celebrations included famous landmarks and monuments from around the world. As in 2012, landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, the Empire State Building and others, here and abroad, have glowed pink for Day of the Girl, lighting the night skies pink for millions to see.

  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

     / Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

  • The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada

     / The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada

  • Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada.

     / Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada.

  • The Empire State Building in New York City

     / The Empire State Building in New York City

  • Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia

     / Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia

  • Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

     / Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • Torre Colpatria, Bogotấ, Colombia

     / Torre Colpatria, Bogotấ, Colombia

  • The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

     / The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

  • The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.

     / The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Town Hall in Tongeren, Belgium.

     / Town Hall in Tongeren, Belgium.

  • Town Hall in Bruges, Belgium

     / Town Hall in Bruges, Belgium


Our home and native land

From the Yukon to Nova Scotia to British Columbia, Canadians rallied together in support of Day of the Girl.

Thousands in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Toronto attended screenings of the acclaimed film, Girl Rising. The star-studded movie proves that educating girls will help change the world and lift millions out of poverty.

Plan Canada Celebrated Ambassador and Olympic Champion, Jennifer Heil, celebrated with hundreds of students at the Elmwood School for girls in Ottawa. At the event, Jenn made a special announcement - she successfully raised 1 million dollars for girls in the developing world, a goal she set and achieved with the help from supporters and sponsors like you!

Also in Ottawa, a 3D art installation captured the imagination of shoppers at the St. Laurent Centre. The interactive art exhibit allowed people to be part of an artistic creation that sends a powerful message about girls and education.

See the 3D art in action and check out all the amazing events that happened here in Canada:

  • Jenn Heil, Because I am a Girl celebrated ambassador and Olympic Champion, celebrated with students at Elmwood School in Ottawa.

     / Jenn Heil, Because I am a Girl celebrated ambassador and Olympic Champion, celebrated with students at Elmwood School in Ottawa.

  • Jenn and girls from Elmwood School wrote inspiring messages on their idea wall to help celebrate girls.

     / Jenn and girls from Elmwood School wrote inspiring messages on their idea wall to help celebrate girls.

  • The 3D art installation at the St. Laurent Mall in Ottawa, Ontario, got shoppers raising their hands for girls' education.

     / The 3D art installation at the St. Laurent Mall in Ottawa, Ontario, got shoppers raising their hands for girls' education.

  • Plan Canada President and CEO, Rosemary McCarney (second from the left) celebrated Day of the Girl at the Toronto screening of Girl Rising.

     / Plan Canada President and CEO, Rosemary McCarney (second from the left) celebrated Day of the Girl at the Toronto screening of Girl Rising.

  • Hands were raised high at the screening of Girl Rising, with supporters eager to show their support for girls' education.

     / Hands were raised high at the screening of Girl Rising, with supporters eager to show their support for girls' education.

  • Everyone was keen to make a difference for girls in the developing world.

     / Everyone was keen to make a difference for girls in the developing world.

  • Canadian Olympic Champion Karen Cockburn celebrated Day of the Girl with a group of young gymnasts.

     / Canadian Olympic Champion Karen Cockburn celebrated Day of the Girl with a group of young gymnasts.

  • Actresses Gina Torres (left) and Sarah Rafferty (right) showed their support for Day of the Girl.

     / Actresses Gina Torres (left) and Sarah Rafferty (right) showed their support for Day of the Girl.

  • Lawyers and staff at Gowlings raised their hands in support of girls' around the world.

     / Lawyers and staff at Gowlings raised their hands in support of girls' around the world.

  • A group of grade 4 girls fundraised for Day of the Girl at their school in Milton, Ontario.

     / A group of grade 4 girls fundraised for Day of the Girl at their school in Milton, Ontario.

  • Plan Canada staff took in the festivities at our Toronto office.

     / Plan Canada staff took in the festivities at our Toronto office.

  • These incredible supporters celebrated by wearing pink and getting everyone at the office involved with Day of the Girl.

     / These incredible supporters celebrated by wearing pink and getting everyone at the office involved with Day of the Girl.


2012

In honour of the first International Day of the Girl, we released a short animated video outlining the important of empowering girls in order to eliminate poverty. Canadians were encouraged (and are still encouraged) to watch and share the video with friends, family, and colleagues to help spread the word about the International Day of the Girl.

In Toronto, we recognized the day by inviting supporters down to Yonge and Dundas Square, in the city’s centre, to join us in a celebration. The event included a concert by Because I am a Girl Celebrated Ambassador Alyssa Reid, a Pink LemonAid stand, an interactive art exhibit, and a Because I am a Girl pop-up shop where attendees could purchase t-shirts and other merchandise

Every day is a day for girls

Plan’s Because I am a Girl initiative supports girls’ rights 365 days of the year. Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

  1. Join the #BrighterFuture movement, and share what a brighter future for girls everywhere means to you
  2. Help us reach our goal of raising 4 million hands for girls’ education!
  3. Donate to or fundraise for projects that benefit girls in the developing world
  4. Get involved in other ways, from sharing the cause to joining us on social media