Our latest research, launching in October 2020, brings together the voices and experiences of over 14,000 girls across many continents to uncover their experiences of being online: what platforms they use, their experience of harassment and its impacts.
As COVID-19 moves more of our lives online, it's vital that this space is safe for girls. Learn more in our groundbreaking, 2020 State of the World's Girls report: Free to Be Online?
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org