International Day of the Girl Child

11 OCTOBER | WORLDWIDE

Introduction

11 October marked the second annual International Day of the Girl Child, with this year’s theme focused on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. Organizations across the globe celebrated with activities to highlight the importance of empowering girls and putting their needs at the heart of development efforts.

To commemorate the day , Plan released the 2013 edition of its State of the World’s Girls report series- In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls in Disasters, which focuses on adolescent girls and their experiences in disasters. Using original research and the voices of girls themselves, the report shows how adolescent girls’ rights are being ignored before, during and after disasters, both in the urgency of a disaster response, and in the gaps between humanitarian and development work. It examines the tension between girls’ vulnerability to violence, and the resilience they so often show in times of crisis, and explores what needs to be done.

The results show that listening to what adolescent girls have to say, ensuring both their rights and their needs are catered for, and strengthening their resilience, are key missing pieces of current humanitarian work.

Highlights across the global

Background

The International Day of the Girl Child was designated as 11 October by a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2011, to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential. The inaugural day in 2012 focused on the issue of ending child marriage, a fundamental human rights violation which impacts all aspects of a girl's life

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