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International Day of the Girl Child

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.

2 young Indian girls in school uniform
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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2011TueOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance
2012ThuOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance
2013FriOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance
2014SatOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance
2015SunOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance
2016TueOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance
2017WedOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance
2018ThuOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance
2019FriOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance
2020SunOct 11International Day of the Girl ChildUnited Nations observance

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