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Girls took over the positions of more than 300 leaders around the world to demonstrate the power of girls this International Day of the Girl.

Across the globe girls stepped into the shoes of presidents, mayors, head teachers, business leaders and more this International Day of the Girl on 11 October to demand a fair world where girls and boys have equal opportunities.

More than 300 #GirlsTakeover events took place in more than 50 countries to demonstrate girls’ strength, power and ability to change the world.


Legend of takeover map. Pink girl icon represents government-related takeovers. Light blue girl icon, corporate-related. Light purple, digital-related. Dark blue, other.

Explore the map to see a selection of events that happened around the globe. 

Global moment for girls

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.   

Join the global movement for girls' rights Plan International led the call for an international day of recognition for girls and achieving it was one of the earliest goals of our Because I am a Girl campaign.

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

Action on girls' rights

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

Firstly, we worked with girls themselves, who truly believed that an international day could be a launch pad for global action on girls’ rights. They were crucial in the global movement to establish the Day of the Girl. 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. 

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. Our research has shown that girls have the power to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty not only for themselves, but for their families, communities and entire societies as well. Ensuring girls are respected and valued in society is the first step to breaking down discriminatory barriers.

International Day of the Girl 2016 events

Read highlights from the day showing how girls took over the world