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    International
    day of the girl

    In celebration of International Day of the Girl, girls from across Canada pursued their dream job for the day to show the world that #GirlsBelongHere.

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In 2009, Plan International Canada led an extensive two-year campaign that engaged thousands of Canadians in a call for an International Day of the Girl as part of Because I am a Girl, a global initiative to end gender inequality and recognize girls' rights as human rights. In December 2011, with unanimous all-party support, the Canadian government led the United Nations to officially declare October 11 as International Day of the Girl.

SEEING IS BELIEVING

This past International Day of the Girl, girls across Canada and the world made it their mission to make girls’ empowerment and leadership a force to be reckoned with. More than 1000 girls stepped into leadership roles worldwide, showing why girls’ empowerment matters and the powerful impact it can make. Check out some photos from International Day of the Girl.

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HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

Check out some highlights over the years as we continue to celebrate International Day of the Girl.

A young woman.
Day of the Girl, 2017

Girls across Canada set out to show the world that they belong in their dream jobs. Leaders across sectors participated and stood up to say #GirlsBelongHere.

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A young woman.
Day of the Girl, 2016

To mark the 5th International Day of the Girl on October 11, girls across Canada and around the world made their voices heard and contributed to meaningful decisions that affect everyone.

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Day of the Girl, 2015

See how the world came together to stand up for the rights of girls, and championed a brighter future for all.

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Impact of Empowering Girls

Group of young woman.
Girls in Honduras advocated to end child marriage and won!

Honduran girls supported by Plan International campaigned for 2 years to get their government to close a legal loophole and fully ban child marriage – and they won!

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Young girls in baseball shirts
Equalizing the playing field

See how our partnership with the Jays Care Foundation is making support and training more accessible and helping girls thrive in baseball!

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Bibata working as a plumber
Girl breaking down gender stereotypes in Burkina Faso

Bibata, a plumber and successful entrepreneur is helping youth thrive and breaking down barriers that keep girls and women from pursuing certain professions.

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#GirlsBelongHere
and so do you!

Our message is inspiring. Look at who shared it and recognized the power and potential of girls!