Since 2012, 11 October has been officially recognized as the International Day of Girls. According to the United Nations, ‘the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights’. This year, the UN's theme for the day is ‘GirlForce: Unscripted and unstoppable’.
The International Day of Girls initiative began as a project of Plan International, a non-governmental organization. The idea for an international day of observance and celebration grew out of Plan International's ‘Because I Am a Girl’ campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of nurturing girls globally and in developing countries.
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is the most progressive document ever for advancing the rights of women and girls. It remains a powerful tool for assessing progress on gender equality 25 years on. You can find the Declaration here.