Over the last week girls called on governments to remove the barriers that deny millions their rights by staging takeovers in more than 50 countries. They stepped into the shoes of leaders in a demonstration of girls’ ability to change the world, culminating in multiple takeovers on the International Day of the Girl, 11 October.
The pictures and videos below show a selection of the girls’ takeovers that took place.
Breaking down gender roles
"We are breaking the silence, changing the face of gender roles and we will not back down,” said Etain, who became Mayor of Dublin for the Day. “Girls everywhere need to be empowered to take positions of power, not just for one day.”
Girls everywhere need to be empowered to take positions of power
In Paraguay the Vice President’s position was taken over along with 11 national ministries, while government minsters were also taken over in Uganda, Cambodia, Brazil and Sierra Leone among others. The Mayors of Madrid and Dublin both had their positions taken over and national media outlets and major corporations were run by girls in several countries including Norway, USA, the Philippines and Guinea-Bissau.
Power of girls
“The scale of the takeovers was a profound statement of the power of girls for change,” said Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. “For me, it shows that the Because I am a Girl movement is building momentum. On days like these, you feel that gender equality is not only possible, it’s inevitable.”
#GirlsTakeover events across the world
In Bangladesh, Maisha took over as head of Plan International's operations in the country.
Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen had her position taken over by Loveness, 17, from Zambia. "Loveness has done an amazing job. Listening to her realities will make me double my efforts to be accountable for girls," said Albrectsen.