International Day of the Girl | ActionAid UK

International Day of the Girl

11th October is the International Day of the Girl. 

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

ActionAid supports girls living in poverty on Day Of The Girl, and every day. Find out how we’re making a difference to girls’ lives around the world. 

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.

WhatsApp stories of day-to-day life as a girl in Gaza

16 January 2018, Gee Atkinson

20-year-old Athar shares her experiences with us via WhatsApp, from Gaza.

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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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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.

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


Page updated 9 October 2018