8 ways to celebrate International Day of the Girl!  

Three girls grinning and holding a "Girls and boys are equal" sign, while standing shoulder by shoulder in front of a school

With International Day of the Girl just around the corner on October 11, here are some fun and simple ways to show your support for gender equality and celebrate girls’ rights! No matter what you do to celebrate Day of the Girl, be sure to share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

1. Change your profile photo

Day of the Girl date stamp

Let your social networks know that YOU support girls’ rights. Download our Day of the Girl date stamp and change your profile photo on your social media accounts.    

2. Share what a #BrighterFuture for girls means to you



What does a #BrighterFuture for girls mean to YOU? Show us by taking a picture or sharing a message with the hashtag #BrighterFuture. (We'll #regram some of our favourites!)

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Show the world your support for girls’ rights! Post a photo or message to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram letting us know what a brighter future for girls means to you and what you're doing to support it. 

3. Create your own Brighter Future wall

Notes for a Brighter Future

Gather friends, family or colleagues and create your very own Brighter Future wall! We have everything you need to create a wall that lets everyone know what a #BrighterFuture for girls means to you. Use our toolkit and handy downloadable resources to make this celebration a success!

4. Get glamorous with Ardene’s nail polish


Beginning on Day of the Girl, October 11, and running until October 25, our friends at Ardene will donate $1 for every bottle of nail polish sold to Because I am a Girl! Get all the latest nail colours in-store or online and support girls around the world.

5. Grab a copy of the Because I am a Girl book


If you believe, like we do, that girls’ rights are human rights, then you’ll love our new book by Rosemary McCarney, Plan Canada President and CEO, with Jen Albaugh and Plan International. For girls and boys ages 8 to 14, this book illustrates the Because I am a Girl call for global change by telling the stories of individual girls around the world. Accompanying each real story are Plan's amazing photographs, taken from years of working with girls and their communities. Feel inspired by this book and feel good knowing that profits from the book sales will support Because I am a Girl.  

6. Share a note to send girls to school

Sears social sharing campaign

To celebrate International Day of the Girl, share 1 of 3 special notes of inspiration and Sears Canada will donate $1 for each share to send girls in developing countries to school (up to $30,000)!

7. Give the gift of ‘Girl Power’

Girl power

Day of the Girl is a day to celebrate and advocate for the rights of girls around the world. What better way to celebrate then to provide our new ‘Girl power’ Gifts of Hope to girls in developing countries? Girls have a unique ability to change the world and the lives of those around them. This gift is about unleashing that power in every girl. It’s about offering girls the nourishment, education and protection to change their lives!

8. Watch the world light up in pink


Every year, iconic buildings and landmarks across Canada glow pink in celebration of Day of the Girl! If you see any of these monuments (or any other ones), be sure to take a photo and share it with us:


  • Niagara Falls
  • CN Tower

 British Columbia

  • Science World
  • Legislative Building

 Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Cabot Tower/Signal Hill

 Northwest Territories

  • Legislative Building

 Prince Edward Island

  • Province House
  • Charlottetown Hall

Have an amazing time celebrating International Day of the Girl!


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