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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  • Sunday, October 09, 2016 at 02:00 PM · $20.00 USD · 7 rsvps
    Carderock Park in Cabin John, MD

    Recess at the Rally for Niger

    Who doesn't love a good game of hopscotch, four square, jump rope or kickball? It brings back good memories, doesn't it? Please join the Remember Niger Coalition for a fun and wonderful opportunity to raise funds for the Hamsa Center- an education center created specifically to support vulnerable middle and high school girls in Niger!

    • 5K Run/Walk
    • Kickball Game
    • "Recess games" at the pavilion and along the course. The games will be donated to a school supported by the Remember Niger Coalition after the event.

    Registration Cost: 
    $20 (Children under 10 do not need to register.)

    About the Hamsa Center

    In Niger, only 9% of girls continue school after 6th grade. The number of girls who matriculate to high school and college is even smaller, and 75% of girls marry early. The goal of the Hamsa Center is to reverse these statistics through a quality, gender-sensitive education by providing adolescent girls the support, life skills and resources needed to become leaders.

    Situated in the heart of the Tahoua region, the Hamsa Center will be the only all-girls middle and high school with wrap-around services for out-of-school adolescent girls. The Center provides a culturally sensitive, yet progressive array of programs that include tutoring for exam remediation and advancement, mentoring, technology instruction, retraining skills, and scholarships for vulnerable students.

    Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/gJB1Anu4Y862

  • Sunday, October 09, 2016 at 02:00 PM

    UC San Diego International Day of the Girl Child Celebration

    The Center on Gender Equity and Health at UC San Diego, in collaboration with International House at UCSD, and Project Concern International (PCI), will celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child this Oct 9th with the theme of Women in Politics and the goal of empowering San Diego youth. There will be booths from local San Diego organizations and students groups, dance performances, photo booths, and a professional networking workshop with women role models. Food and beverages will be served. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2ckEsgJ

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    sickle cell foundation in mushin, Nigeria

    mushin commemorate the International day of the girl child

    Opp Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi Araba Mushin Local area Lagos
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 03:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    IRETI PRIMARY SCHOOL in Ijora Badia, Nigeria


    Reach and Rich Africa in conjunction with Slum Achievers FOUNDATION in is A Non-Governmental Organization focused on providing scholarships and good Access to Education for African Children Living in the SLUM. For this reason do we join the world to celebrate the “International day of the girl child”

    The program which is with the aim of celebrating the girl child who strive hard to excel in the slum is expected to host over 250 female students who falls within the class range of basic 4 to basic 5 of Ireti primary school, Ijora Badia. This event is to be held with support and volunteerism from other non profit oriented organizations whose vision and interest align with the purpose of venturing into this life changing program. To mention a few of them are Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI), and De Visionaries

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM
    Adesoye Hall in Offa, MO

    Day of the Girl

    We will address the barries girls face when it come to education and how many girls can't fulfil their dreams of recieving an education of gender . Our empowernment seminar will help #girls learn ways to address this issues in their community.
  • Friday, October 14, 2016 at 04:30 PM

    Day of the Girl: ARTS AND ACTIONS NIGHT

    Join Bethesda Chevy Chase High School's chapter of School Girls Unite to celebrate Day of the Girl! There will be student performers, artwork, guest speakers, women's issue booths, and food!

  • 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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