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International 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 International 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. This International Day of the Girl, Plan International Canada is highlighting the importance of access to critical information and leadership opportunities for girls and young women. With the pandemic setting back years of progress toward equality, we must ensure girls can realize their rights and lead on decisions that shape their lives.

Ways to get involved and take action

The Power Within
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Our new project with Unilever Canada and Women and Gender Equality Canada, The Power Within, focuses on helping to empower youth -- especially girls -- with the skills they need to step into their full potential. Download our free self-esteem and body confidence resources for parents, teachers, educators and mentors.

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Youth opportunities
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Are you a young person between the ages of 14 and 24 who is passionate about gender equality and social justice?

Plan International Canada’s Youth Engagement initiatives provide tangible ways for young people to take action and drive positive change, both locally and globally.

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Stop the Setback
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented and wide-reaching hardship across the world. Girls living in the least developed countries in the world are in crisis, because of COVID-19’s direct consequences and further negative impacts.

Plan International is working to stop this setback COVID-19 is causing for vulnerable people worldwide. Our COVID-19 response has assisted over 80 million people– especially girls and young women – across more than 50 countries.

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State of the World’s Girls Report

Plan International surveyed 26,000 girls and young women in 26 countries around the world, ages 15 to 24. The report found that exposure to lies and mistruths are having a profound impact on how they engage with issues ranging from COVID-19 to politics.

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State of the World’s Girls Report

Plan International spoke to 14,000 girls in 22 countries around the world, ages 15 to 24, and more than half have been harassed and abused on social media. The most common negative effects of online harassment are lower self-esteem, loss of confidence, mental or emotional stress and problems at school.

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Gender Equality: Female and Male Perspectives in Canada

A 2019 national survey of 1000 women and girls (ages 14-24) and 1,000 men and boys (ages 14-24) conducted by Plan International Canada has shed light on the barriers to leadership and existing misconceptions.

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Girls in Canada: Gender Equality Today

Plan International Canada conducted a survey of 1,000 Canadian girls in 2018, which examined the attitudes, behaviours and experiences of girls within a range of settings.

The data reveals just how ‘normal’ sexual harassment, gender discrimination and insecurity continue to be for girls across Canada such as the workplace, public places, and in the home.

» Download Girls in Canada: Gender Equality Today, 2018 Report (PDF)

Empowering future leaders: Girls Belong Here

Since 2016, Girls Belong Here, a program that empowers girls through leadership-building experiences, has created opportunities for young women to step into high-profile, professional roles for a day. The program empowers future leaders and demonstrates that women belong at all levels of leadership and have a right to equal opportunity in all sectors.

To adapt to our current reality, this year’s Girls Belong Here is a virtual program designed to provide even more space for girl ambassadors to share their voices, stories, ideas and solutions with leaders and organizations during this critical time.

Thank you to our 2021 partners:

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HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

Plan International Canada led the global movement to make International Day of the Girl a reality, garnering all-party support from the Canadian Parliament and the United Nations. Since 2012, we have celebrated it annually, igniting a global mass movement to amplify girls’ voices, advocate for their rights, and elevate their position in society.

International Day of the Girl 2020
Day of the Girl, 2020

In 2020, Plan International Canada highlighted the power and leadership potential of girls and young women through virtual seat shares all over Canada. This year’s Girls Belong Here was the first ever virtual program, designed to provide even more space for youth ambassadors to share their voices, stories, ideas and solutions with leaders and organizations.

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Day of the Girl, 2019

In 2019, Plan International Canada brought together special guests – including Youth Ambassadors, Celebrated Ambassadors and Social Influencers – to play a retro-style game show challenging Canadians to know their facts from fiction when it comes to girls’ rights and equality.

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Day of the Girl, 2018

In 2018, Plan International Canada created a diverse group of statues to symbolize girls and young women in Canada and worldwide who stand up and stand together for girls’ rights and gender equality.

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