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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  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 03:00 PM through October 31, 2016

    Girls Help Girls Stay in School

    To celebrate International Day of the Girl, students at Studio Samuel Foundation in Ethiopia are distributing 250 menstrual kits they created for their peers... and helping them to stay in school

    For most teenage girls, getting your period means running to the drugstore for a box of Tampax and toughing out gym class. For many girls in developing countries, though, lack of easy access to any feminine protection means taking days off from school every month…which sometimes leads to dropping out and, in some cases, even getting expelled.

    In celebration of International Day of the Girl on October 11, 60 students at Ethiopia-based charity Studio Samuel will help keep their peers in school by distributing 250 menstrual kits.

    Studio Samuel provides life skills to adolescent girls who live on less than $2 a day. The after-school and weekend program also includes counseling, mentoring, computer programming, karate and access to healthcare. Following the mantra “empowerment without pity,” Studio Samuel aims to help girls realize their full potential and break the cycle of poverty…. and now Studio Samuel’s girls are doing the same for others.

    Learn more: www.studiosamuel.org


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