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Leaders from business, government, science, sport, arts and media will come together at the 2018 Global Girls’ Summit to challenge limiting beliefs about what girls can and should do.

Youth activist, Hadja, 18, spoke at last year's Global Girls' Summit to call for increased support for girls' leadership
Youth activist, Hadja, 18, spoke at last year's Global Girls' Summit to call for increased support for girls' leadership.

The Global Girls’ Summit 2018 will be held on 10 October, a day before the International Day of the Girl. It’s taking place in Brussels, this year’s global capital city for #GirlsTakeover action.

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. 

Support girls to lead

It’s time to close the global gap between what girls are capable of and what girls are allowed to be. 

When girls are free to challenge the barriers they have inherited, choose their own path, be themselves, speak out and achieve their rights and dreams, they go on to do incredible things.

Yet, millions of girls around the world still live in fear of discrimination, stigmatisation and violence simply for daring to make their dreams a reality. 

The Global Girls’ Summit will help ensure all girls can realise their dreams and be who they want to be.

Summit for the Day of the Girl

The Global Girls’ Summit will build on the incredible success of #GirlsTakeover on the International Day of the Girl for the past 2 years.

Journalist Mariane Pearl was one of the speakers at last year's Global Girls' Summit
Journalist Mariane Pearl was one of the speakers at last year's Global Girls' Summit.

Over 1,500 girls in more than 60 countries have staged ‘takeovers’ of positions of power including heads of state in Guinea, Ecuador, Finland and Denmark in a statement of their power and potential.

This global action 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.

Last year, the Global Girls’ Summit was held in Paris. Alongside the city’s Mayor, we held a series of events to call for long-term commitments by global leaders to increase girls’ power, influence and capacity to lead. Celebrations culminated in an event attended by 400 leaders from government, business, sport, entertainment and media to support girls’ leadership.

Learn more about International Day of the Girl