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Our latest research, launching in October 2021, explores how adolescent girls and young women deal with misinformation and disinformation when engaging with political, civic or social topics online.
We interviewed 26,000 girls from 26 countries and discovered alarming findings, including that 9 out of 10 girls have been harmed by false information and lies online.
Learn more: The Truth Gap
The global #GirlsTakeover on International Day of the Girl (11 October) is a call to action for radical social and political change to tear down barriers of discrimination and prejudice that continue to hold girls back.
As part of #GirlsTakeover, 16-year-old Aava took over from Finland’s Prime Minister @MarinSanna for the day.— Plan International (@PlanGlobal) October 8, 2020
She met with politicians to call for girls’ equal access to technology and to highlight how online violence holds them back. #FreeToBeOnline https://t.co/eW7B4YF8Qt
To mark International Day of the Girl 2021, Togo will host the Global Girls’ Summit, a multicultural, intergenerational event where girls will interact, share their challenges and call for action towards gender equality.
Participants will be mainly young people, especially girls, and their chaperones from Africa, America, Asia and Europe. Also expected are leaders, influencers, political figures, traditional, national, regional and international authorities and the media.
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.
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.
If you would like to take part in next year's #GirlsTakeover, please get in touch: email@example.com