11 October: International Day of the Girl Child
The International Day of the Girl Child was observed across the world on 11 October 2017 with the theme 'EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after crises'.
Presently, there are 1.1 billion girls in the world, and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future. Most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more. Every 10 minutes, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence.
Adolescent girls in conflict zones are more likely to be out of school in comparison with the girls of conflict-free countries.
The day aims to empower girls in raising their voices to fight for their rights and protection in all contexts.
In 2011, the United Nations declared 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child to help stimulate worldwide enthusiasm for better girls’ lives, provide an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.
The day recognizes girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
What: Observed globally
When: 11 October 2017
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