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International Day of the Girl

On 11 October, girls will take over the positions of hundreds of leaders in 60 countries in an emphatic statement of their power and potential this International Day of the Girl.

Across the world, more than 500 girls will step 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 are happening 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.

Without this, gender equality is impossible. Current efforts are too small and disjointed to achieve lasting impact. #GirlsTakeover is an initial step on a long road to change but it also shows that the girls’ rights movement is gaining momentum.

Paris: #GirlsTakeover global capital

Join the global movement for girls' rights Paris is this year’s global capital for the #GirlsTakeover action and will host the first in a series of annual summits focused on girls’ pathways to power.

Alongside the Mayor of Paris, we will hold a series of events to call for long-term commitments to close the dream gap between what girls are capable of and what they are allowed to be.

Global celebrations will culminate in an event at the city's famous 4th district Hotel de Ville on 11 October that will be attended by 400 leaders from government, business, sport, entertainment and media to support girls’ leadership.

GLOBAL MOMENT FOR GIRLS

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.

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. 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL 2016

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

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