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 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. 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 that girls can realize their rights and lead on decisions that shape their lives.