This year marks the 10th annual celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, calling for a retrospective on the progress made for girls’ rights, listening to girls’ continued demands for change, and a push for further accountability for girls’ rights. The Working Group on Girls seeks to listen to girls to hear what they need and to partner with them and key stakeholders in finding sustainable solutions to issues that they face and ensure their rights are upheld.
This year, in recognition of the existing and growing gaps in the fulfillment of girls’ rights, including losses in girls’ access to education during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in light of commitments made to girls for the Generation Equality Forum, our International Day of the Girl focus will be “IDG+10: Mind the Gap- Girls’ Rights Now!”
On 11 October 2022, for the annual Day of the Girl Summit “Girls Speak Out” event, girl activists and girl advocates participated in a hybrid (in-person and virtual) town hall designed to deliver unscripted and authentic dialogue between policymakers, girl allies, and girl leaders working for the fulfillment of girls’ rights. In the candid, girl-led conversations among girl activists and distinguished members of the UN community, girls shared their perspectives and experiences and has a dialogue with policymakers around progress for girls’ rights.
The discussion included video content from previous IDG Summits, as well as recorded video submissions from girls who could not attend live to enhance the dialogue among participants. Distinguished members of the UN community and commitment makers aligned with Generation Equality responded to the monologues and questions put forth by girls and spoke to how the United Nations can commit to supporting girls’ call for accountability in ensuring girls’ rights.
The Working Group on Girls in partnership with the Member States Canada, Peru, and Turkey facilitated the solicitation and coordination of this IDG event in collaboration with Girl Advocates, who led the direction of the event format and inform any modifications needed for the event concept.