The Day of the Girl Summit brings girls and girl-serving organizations together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. The Summit has become a movement; a year-long, action-oriented virtual platform for change makers to leverage community resources in support the advancement of girls’ human rights. This year, thousands more of girls, boys, adults, teachers, leaders, politicians and hundreds more of organizations, will show their support for the celebration of the unique and special role girls play in the world.
Why do we need a Day for Girls?
The 1995 ratification of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, sparked a new understanding of the special needs of girls: Girls have their own struggles for equality, education, and the right to be protected from oppression in any form.Girls face double discrimination because of their age and gender. In many parts of the world they face unique challenges, like: Barriers to education and opportunities to make a living; Early and forced marriage; Poverty
These challenges require specific and urgent attention. By making progress in these areas, girls will have the tools to create a better life for themselves and to help lift entire nations out of poverty. Here’s why:
A woman who is educated will marry later and have fewer, healthier children
Commemorative days provide an important opportunity to shine a light on specific issues, and have communities around the world join together for global action. They’re also a good time to ask governments (and individuals!) to make changes that will improve people’s lives.
Day of the Girl gives us a powerful way to highlight the particular needs and rights of girls, and to advocate for greater action and investment to enable girls to reach their full potential.
The Story of the International Day of the Girl
The International Day of the Girl began as a project of Plan International and the ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign. With the support of the Canadian government, Plan International mobilized an international network to demand the establishment of a day for girls. On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 66/170 adopting October 11th as the official “International Day of the Girl Child.”
October 11, 2012 marked the first commemoration of this historic day. The General Assembly declared that the Day of the Girl would be about “galvanizing worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It would also be about the empowerment, protection and participation of girls in all levels of society.
Each year, the United Nations encourages communities and nations to come together on October 11th and celebrate the International Day of the Girl.
The IDG Summit gains support, momentum and enthusiasm every year. The simple fact that girls’ success fuels the progress of society has taken hold around the world. We welcome your ideas, your involvement and your support!
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