Every year 11th October is observed as the International Day of Girl Child, declared by the United Nations. The day is also known as the “Day of Girl and International Day of Girl”. The International Day of the Girl Child highlights the need to address the problems faced by our girls also to encourage the empowerment of girls and to achieve their human rights.
On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 11th of October as the International Day of Girls Child under the Resolution 66/170 for acknowledging the rights of girls and the particular challenges that girls face worldwide.
Adolescents have the right not only to a good, secure, well-educated life but also to a healthy life in these crucial years of education. Girls have the ability to change the world – as the empowerned children of today as well as employees of tomorrow, entrepreneurs, mentors, household leaders, policymakers and mothers – if successfully assisted in the teen years of adolescence. Investing in the power of young girls today upholds their rights and promises a fairer and flourishing future that is one where half of humanity is equal to address climate change challenges, political strife, economic development, disease prevention and global sustainability.
Theme of International Day of Girl Child 2020
This year the theme of International Day of Girl Child 2020 is – My Voice, our Equal Future.
Adolescent girls have not kept up with the realities they face today and many of these gaps have been further strengthened by COVID-19. This year, under the theme “My voice, our Equal Future” let’s take advantage of the opportunity to be motivated by what young girls recognize as the change they want, the large and small solutions they lead and demand across the globe.
As adolescent girls around the world exert their power as change-makers, the International Day of Girl Child 2020 will focus on their needs to:
- Live free from violence, unsafe activities, and HIV and AIDS based on gender
- Learn new talents for the future they prefer.
- Lead as a generation of social change-accelerating activists
In 2020, 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Forum for Action was adopted, we are commemorating the global agenda for promoting the rights and empowerment of women and girls everywhere. Generation Equality also started its multi-year initiative and movement for ambitious progress on gender equality in early 2020. In the Generation Equality task, a consistent narrative and behaviour related to the needs and opportunities of teenage girls and their solutions are central.
Stereotypes and exclusion are challenging boundaries and barriers, particularly those for children with disabilities and those in disadvantaged groups. Girls build a world that will be important to them and to future generations as entrepreneurs, innovators and instigators of global movements.