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International Day of the Girl

On 11 October, girls took over the positions of over 1000 of leaders in 60 countries in an emphatic statement of their power and potential for the International Day of the Girl.

You can see how events unfolded in this photo story.

Across the world, girls stepped into the shoes of presidents, mayors, head teachers, business leaders and more to show that girls should be free to dream and free to lead.

Explore the map to see a selection of takeovers that happened around the world. 

This global action on International Day of the Girl is a call for a social and political revolution to tear down the barriers that continue to hold girls back. When girls have equal opportunities, they can transform their lives and communities.

Join the global movement for girls' rights Without this, gender equality is impossible. Current efforts are too small and disjointed to achieve lasting impact. In addition, new research reveals that girls still face discrimination and violence despite laws, policies and global targets put into place to advance change.

#GirlsTakeover is an initial step on a long road to change but it also shows that the girls’ rights movement is gaining momentum.

Global Girls' Summit

The Global Girls’ Summit 2018 will be held on 10 October in Brussels, this year’s global capital city for #GirlsTakeover action. It is the second in a series of annual summits supporting girls’ leadership after last year’s event in Paris.

The event will bring together the world’s leading minds in business, government, entrepreneurship, science, sport, arts and media to celebrate the power of girls and call for increased action to support girls’ activism and leadership. 

The summit will help ensure all girls can realise their dreams and be who they want to be.

Get involved

With an unprecedented amount of action taking place all over the world, the International Day of the Girl is the perfect opportunity to show your support for girls’ rights.

You can find a wealth of videos, pictures and graphics in our social media toolkit to share with family and friends from your own social media channels.


International Day of the Girl
Girls march through Uganda to mark the International Day of the Girl

11 October has been a key global moment to celebrate the power of girls and highlight the barriers they face since the United Nations adopted it as International Day of the Girl in December 2011.   

While there has long been an International Women's Day and an International Day of the Child, neither of these days recognise the unique position of girls who are discriminated against simply for being young and female.

Plan International led the call for an international day of recognition for girls and achieving it was one of the earliest goals of Because I am a Girl.

We led the global effort to build a coalition of support behind the Day of the Girl, securing support from the Canadian government which took our call all the way to the United Nations.

Join the global movement for girls' rights We worked with girls who believed that an international day could be a launch pad for global action on girls’ rights. Through their stories, ideas and views it was clear that an international day for girls would bring global focus to their lack of representation in the global development agenda.