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Hundreds of influential girls’ rights activists will come together with Plan International in Paris to call for justice and equality on International Day of the Girl.

Y Hoa taking over as chairperson of her local commune in Vietnam
Girls are taking over positions of power in more than 60 countries to mark the International Day of the Girl.

Around 400 girls’ rights activists will meet in Paris on International Day of the Girl on October 11 to demand equality and justice for girls who can be the leaders of tomorrow.

Paris is this year’s global capital for #GirlsTakeover action. The city will host the first in a series of annual summits, where the focus is on supporting girls' leadership.

In partnership with the Mayor of Paris, we will hold a series of events to call for long-term commitments by global leaders to increase girls’ power, influence and capacity to lead.

Influential activists

The girls’ rights summit will be attended by leading figures from government, entertainment, business, sport and media, including:

  • Ingrid Nilsen, the YouTube star who interviewed former US president Barack Obama about gender equality.
  • Mariane Pearl, journalist and managing editor of the Chime for Change initiative for girls’ and women’s empowerment.
  • Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Sudanese Australian Muslim feminist activist, author, mechanical engineer and Marie Claire Woman of the Future 2012.
  • Clara Gaymard, President of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, the world’s leading platform featuring women’s voices on major social and economic issues.
  • Kristen Visbal, the world-renowned sculptor and activist who created the famous Fearless Girl sculpture, made to promote workplace gender diversity and encourage companies to recruit more women to their boards.

A number of influential figures including Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Neven Mimica, European Commisioner for International Cooperation and Development recorded inspirational video messages to be shown at the summit.

Girls' rights summit 2017 poster

Support girls to lead

The summit will feature debates around the state of girls' rights in 2017, the power of mentoring and the value of investing in girls, as well as an inspiring live music performance from Inna Modja, a Malian-French pop singer and campaigner against female genital mutilation.

With the Paris activities, Plan International is reminding global leaders that millions of girls around the world live in fear of discrimination, stigmatisation and violence simply for daring to make their dreams a reality.

Only 23% of the world’s parliamentarians are women and there are only 10 female heads of state globally. Fewer than 3% of CEOs heading the world’s 500 leading corporations are women.

Global #GirlsTakeover action

Girls from around the world will be participating in a girls’ rights rally at the summit, as well as taking part in a series of historic “takeovers” of positions held by influential Parisians, including the Minister of Sport and the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The action is part of a global day of takeovers organised by Plan International in which girls in more than 60 countries will take over from prime ministers, mayors and CEOs.

Through the takeovers, the girls will demand a political and social revolution against the discrimination and prejudice which hold them back in private and public life.

Follow the global #GirlsTakeover action