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
Paris is this year’s global capital for the #GirlsTakeover action. The city will host the first in a series of annual summits, where the focus is on supporting girls' well-being, resilience and leadership.
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.
With an unprecedented amount of action taking place all over the world, this International Day of the Girl is the perfect opportunity to show your support for girls’ rights.
Watch the events unfold by following the #GirlsTakeover hashtag on social media and on our interactive wall which will go live on 4 October.
You can also 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.
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.
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.