Year of 2018

1.1 billion opportunities for a better world

International Day of the Girl, a UN-sponsored event to raise awareness about the 1.1 billion girls in the world, the unique challenges they face, and what the future could promise if they’re empowered to overcome those challenges. That future is a bright one. Research from UN Women indicates that when girls are provided an education, the rate of child marriage is reduced, as well as rates of disease. When women work, economies grow. And when the share of household income controlled by women increases, children benefit. It’s all the more reason to invest in education and equality for women and girls around the world.

International Day of Girls is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of Girls. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of Girls. The observation supports more opportunity for Girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by Girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and unfree child marriage. The celebration of the day also "reflects the successful emergence of Girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning and research."
Also called: International Day of the Girl, Day of the Girl
Frequency: annual
Date: 11 October