International Day of the Girl | ActionAid UK

International Day of the Girl

11th October is the International Day of the Girl. ActionAid works to empower girls all year round but to mark International Day of the Girl each year we celebrate girls’ achievements and raise awareness of the obstacles in their way.

Girls face multiple challenges, purely because of their gender: from being denied an education to being forced into child marriage; from being judged for their appearance to having their voices ignored.

Girls and boys are equal. We must demand the world treats them that way.

Girls speak out

Girls across the world are supporting each other to tackle gender stereotypes. 

Read the blogs below and share with your friends to celebrate the power of girls and their vision for the future.

What do teenage girls think about violence against women?

11 October 2017, Natalia Fricker

Watch 16-year-olds Caitlin and Sonali reflect on our Survivors’ Runway fashion show and speak out for International Day of the Girl.

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Meet Munni — championing children’s rights in Bangladesh

23 September 2016, Mahmuda Alim

How child sponsorship is helping Dalit children tackle caste discrimination in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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The best friends who escaped FGM

1 August 2016, Leslie Sinoway

How 14-year-old Abigail helped her best friend, Purity, escape FGM in Kenya.

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Singer Lucy Rose on stopping the abortions of girls in India

15 March 2016, Lucy Rose

Singer Lucy Rose shares her experience of visiting a unique ActionAid project in India celebrating the birth of baby girls

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The #GlobalGoals

Finally the world is ready to listen. In September 2015, world leaders agreed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development — a ‘To Do’ list for the world to tackle the big problems by 2030. There are 17 altogether, but number five is our personal favourite – ‘to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’. The more people who know about it, the more likely our leaders are to act.

So please share Goal 5 with your friends to help make it famous and make it happen!

Why is giving equal opportunities to girls so important? 

Apart from the simple fact that girls are equal to boys and so should be treated equally, helping girls is key to tackling poverty.

Girls who have the chance to…

  • Books stay in school
  • Healthcare get good healthcare
  • Baby not get married or have children too early
  • Microphone have a say in their community

…are more likely to support themselves, feed and nurture their children, pass on their knowledge and contribute to society and their country’s economy. It not only helps them, but it helps their families, their communities and ultimately the world.

What are the problems and what is ActionAid doing about them?

There are lots of problems that stop girls from thriving and achieving their potential. These are just some of them, and what ActionAid is doing to help.

Share the infographics below on social media to help get the message out there and highlight the importance of Goal 5. Thank you.

I support Goal 5 for gender equality
250 million women alive today were married by their 15th birthday
Girls often aren't told what their rights are or where to get help
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3 million girls are at risk of FGM in Africa each year
In India, girls aren't valued as much as boys, so mothers are encouraged to have abortions

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Page updated 22 July 2018