INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD: OCTOBER 11, 2012

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

Quick Facts

The International Day of the Girl Child is a United Nations (UN) observance on October 11 each year.

Name

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child 2012 Theme: “Ending Child Marriage”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

International Day of the Girl Child 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

The International Day of the Girl Child promotes girls’ rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. It is a UN observance that is annually held on October 11.

Two young Indian girls enjoying their time at school. ©iStockphoto.com/jaimaa85

What do people do?

The International Day of the Girl Child gives people and organizations the opportunity to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls around the world suffer from. On this day, many community and political leaders talk to the public about the importance of girls’ right to equal education and their fundamental freedoms. Various events are held to showcase the work that people are doing to empower girls through active support and engagement with parents, families, and the wider community.

 Public life

The International Day of the Girl Child is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Discrimination and violence against girls and violations of their human rights still happen. The UN felt a need to raise awareness of the challenges that millions of girls face every day. In December 2011, the UN declared that it would annually observe the International Day of the Girl Child, starting from October 11, 2012.

International Day of the Girl Child Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Oct 11 2011 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance  
Thu Oct 11 2012 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance  
Fri Oct 11 2013 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance  
Sat Oct 11 2014 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance  
Sun Oct 11 2015 International Day of the Girl Child United Nations observance
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