International Day of the Girl Child : 2021 Theme, Importance and History
October 11 has been marked as the International Day of the Girl Child. The day highlight and address the women empowerment and the needs and challenges that girl face including the fulfilment of their rights.
This year, under the theme, “Digital generation. Our generation”, acknowledging the growing digital world and how a digital gap can also widen the gender gap.
International Day of the Girl Child
As adolescent girls worldwide assert their power as change-makers, International Day of the Girl 2021 will focus on their demands to:
• Live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS
• Learn new skills towards the futures they choose
• Lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change
Ways to get involved
1. Share stories of inspiring adolescent girls or girl-led organizations who are developing innovative solutions or leading efforts towards positive social change, including gender equality, in their communities and nations. Let’s amplify their leadership, actions and impact to inspire others.
2. Participate in a youth-led digital activation launching on International Day of the Girl. Young people across the world are developing a digital activism campaign, aiming to raise the diversity of girls’ voices and their vision for a reimagined future.
History of International Day of the Girl Child
In 1995 at the World Conference on Women in Beijing countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls. The Beijing Declaration is the first to specifically call out girls’ rights.
The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. The first International Day of the Girl Child was observed on October 11, 2012, and its theme at that time was “Ending Child Marriage”.
This year, under the theme, “My voice, our equal future”, let’s seize the opportunity to reimagine a better world inspired by adolescent girls – energized and recognized, counted and invested in.
Today, these movements have expanded. They are being organized by and for adolescent girls, and tackling issues like child marriage, education inequality, gender-based violence, climate change, self-esteem, and girls’ rights to enter places of worship or public spaces during menstruation. Girls are proving they are unscripted and unstoppable.
A Platform for Action
The Platform for Action specifically calls on the global community to:
• Eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls.
• Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.
• Promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and potential.
• Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training.
• Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.
• Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work.
• Eradicate violence against girls.
• Promote girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life.
• Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of girls.
Stand with girls against gender-based violence online, by signing the letter today. It’s time for change so girls are #FreeToBeOnline.
The Global #GIRLSTAKEOVER
Irlane met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in her role as Deputy Secretary-General
Irlane met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in her role as Deputy Secretary-General when she took over from Amina J Mohammed on International Day of the Girl.
The global #GirlsTakeover on International Day of the Girl (11 October) is a call to action for radical social and political change to tear down barriers of discrimination and prejudice that continue to hold girls back.
Each year, girls from the United States to Thailand hundreds of girls step into the roles of media, entertainment, business and politics for a day to demand equal power, freedom and representation for girls and young women.