Girls in classroom in Mali

International Day of the Girl Child

11 October

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 declaring October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, political leaders and mothers. An investment in realising the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.

Young girl, youth
Schoolgirls Education
"Bridging the gender digital divide is an essential step in this process. We need to ensure that all girls and women can use technology to learn, live, work and build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. And education must be the cornerstone of these efforts."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO

What UNESCO does for the girl child

Education and gender equality
Priority Gender Equality
Cracking the code : girls' education in STEM
Her education, our future: UNESCO fast-tracking girls’ and women’s education


Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 19 December 2011
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