October 11th Observed as International Day of the Girl Child (Download PDF)

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11th October is observed as the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) every year across the world to recognize girls’ rights and the challenges faced by girls around the world.

  • Increase awareness about gender inequality thus increasing opportunities for girls.
  • Theme of this year is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.”
  • The first edition of the International Day of the Girl Child was observed in 2012 to improve investment in collecting and analyzing girl-relevant, girl-focused, and sex-disaggregated data.
  • Various events are organized every year across the world to mark this day, and some of them are sponsored by the United Nations. Many non-government organizations also organize their own events.
  • Every year the day is celebrated with the unique theme. Themes for last few years were:

    • 2012: “Ending child marriage”
    • 2013: “Innovating for girl’s education”
    • 2014: “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.”
    • 2015: “The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030”
    Location of celebrated International Day of the Girl Child

    Location of Celebrated International Day of the Girl Child

    Location of celebrated International Day of the Girl Child

Background

  • United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) founded the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) under Canada backed Resolution in December 2011 with the objective to support more opportunities for girls.
  • Aims to increase awareness of gender inequality and give equal rights to all the girls.
  • Girls are not treated equally in education, nutrition, medical care, legal rights. They face evils like discrimination, violence, dowry, and child marriage.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 11, 2016

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