October 11: Day of the Girl

Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”

-United Nations Resolution 66/170

In 2011, as the result of youth advocacy around the world, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

Day of the Girl-US is the United States branch of this global movement. We are an 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights. Our work to dismantle the patriarchy and fight for social justice is rooted in girl-led activism across the country, using October 11th as a day of national action.

October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement.

A worldwide revolution.

We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes.

Learn more about the Day of the Girl →


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  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 01:00 PM · 6 rsvps

    Commemorating International Day of the Girl Child in Detroit!

    Bell Global Justice Institute invites you to join us in commemorating the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child in Detroit. We will gather as a community, watch a film on global human rights issues impacting girls in all corners of the world, and we will discuss the state of human rights for girls in Detroit. We will have healthy snacks and refreshments and information available on how to join the movement to uplift girls. If you are interested in meeting like minded people who care about global issues impacting women and girls -- this will be the place to be on October 15, 2016!

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