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International Day of the Girl Child

Quick Facts

The International Day of the Girl Child is a United Nations (UN) observance on October 11 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Day of the Girl ChildEnglish
Día Internacional de la NiñaSpanish
היום הבינלאומי של הילד והילדהHebrew
اليوم العالمي للفتاةArabic
여자 아이의 날Korean
Internationaler MädchentagGerman

International Day of the Girl Child 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

International Day of the Girl Child 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015
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The International Day of the Girl Child promotes girls’ rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. It is a UN observance that is annually held on October 11.

Two young Indian girls enjoying their time at school.

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What do people do?

The International Day of the Girl Child gives people and organizations the opportunity to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls around the world suffer from. On this day, many community and political leaders talk to the public about the importance of girls’ right to equal education and their fundamental freedoms. Various events are held to showcase the work that people are doing to empower girls through active support and engagement with parents, families, and the wider community.

 Public life

The International Day of the Girl Child is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Discrimination and violence against girls and violations of their human rights still happen. The UN felt a need to raise awareness of the challenges that millions of girls face every day. In December 2011, the UN declared that it would annually observe the International Day of the Girl Child, starting from October 11, 2012.

International Day of the Girl Child Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueOct 112011International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 112012International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 112013International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
SatOct 112014International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 112015International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
TueOct 112016International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
WedOct 112017International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
ThuOct 112018International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
FriOct 112019International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
SunOct 112020International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance 
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