International Girl Child Day or International Day of Girl Child is celebrated across the world on 11 October every year. Recognized by the United Nations (UN), this day is celebrated with the aim of spreading awareness about gender equality and the problems girls face in their daily lives. The day aims to draw attention to the challenges and needs of girls around the world and promote their empowerment. It is a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of promoting the rights of girls and empowering them to reach their full potential.
Beginning of International Day of the Girl Child
The inspiration to celebrate International Girl Child Day came from the ‘Because I’m Girl’ campaign of Canadian organization Plan International. Under this campaign, awareness was spread on the nutrition of girls at the global level.
The United Nations officially declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child in 2011. The Government of Canada proposed to celebrate International Day of the Girl Child in a general meeting. The United Nations passed this resolution on 19 December 2011. After this, the United Nations decided to celebrate Girls’ Day on 11 October and International Girls’ Day was celebrated for the first time on 11 October 2012.
International Day of the Girl Child: Empowering Future Leaders
The purpose of celebrating this day is to strengthen girls in every way. In today’s time, more girls are unemployed and uneducated than boys. Such days are celebrated to fill this gap. Many schemes are also being run by the government to strengthen girls and women.
The importance of International Girl Child Day cannot be underestimated. It highlights the persistent inequalities and discrimination faced by girls in many parts of the world.
International Day of the Girl is a reminder that empowering girls is not only a matter of justice, but also a wise investment in a brighter future for all. By addressing the challenges girls face and ensuring their rights are protected, we build a more equitable and prosperous world. It is a day to highlight and unlock the incredible potential of every girl and commit to supporting them as they grow into the leaders, changemakers and innovators of tomorrow.
When is International Day of the Girl Child celebrated?
When was International Day of the Girl Child celebrated for the first time?
October 11, 2012