Girls’ education: a force for gender equality and lasting change

On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, UNESCO with Plan International France and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, are co-organizing a special event to showcase how education is driving the creation of gender equal and inclusive societies. The event will feature good practices, perspectives and testimonials from invited guests, including young leaders who will demonstrate how girls’ education is a force for lasting change. The official award ceremony of the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education will recognize the work of two laureates advancing girls’ and women’s education.
The International Day of the Girl is celebrated every year on 11 October. The day provides an occasion to celebrate girls—who they are today and the women they will become tomorrow. On this day, we promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of girls’ rights, and highlight persistent needs and challenges that require concerted action.

Under the theme "Girls’ education: a force for gender equality and lasting change", UNESCO, Plan International and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs invite you to join us in celebrating girls’ contributions to changing the world!

The interactive event will include the award ceremony for the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education, a roundtable discussion and audience engagement activities. A reception hosted by the Permanent Delegation of the People’s Republic of China UNESCO will conclude the celebrations.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 11.10.2019 18:30 local time
End 11.10.2019 20:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Sass, Justine
Contact Cameron, Rebekah
Country France
City Paris
Venue Salle 1, UNESCO
Street 125 avenue de Suffren
Room Room I
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Spanish, Chinese
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Programme
Link 2 Registration form
Link 3 International Day of the Girl Child
Link 4 Education and gender equality