Why is the International Day of the Girl so important?
A girl in the developing world faces an overwhelming set of challenges from the day she is born. Because she is a girl, she's more likely to suffer from malnutrition, be forced into an early marriage, be subjected to violence, be sold into the sex trade, or become infected with HIV. Because she is a girl, she'll have limited access to a doctor or even a primary education. Unless something changes, she may begin to believe that she deserves less, that her health and welfare will never matter. But what happens if something does change? If a girl is given a chance? What happens if she has resources at hand to tap into her own power? Given the chance, a girl can change the world.
Two years ago, the United Nations declared October 11 to be the first International Day of the Girl. After centuries of discrimination and lost opportunities, the incredible potential of girls is being internationally recognized, and we hope you'll join us in keeping up the momentum.
Help us celebrate International Day of the Girl!
There will be lots of exciting activities going on around the United States and the world, from panel discussions on girls' issues to celebratory events to advocacy initiatives. Plan International USA is thrilled to spearhead the lighting of the Empire State Building pink for the third year in a row, along with a delegation of girl ambassadors from Uganda, Pakistan, and Plan Ambassador Julianne Hough will be headlining this and other events throughout the week. Because I am a Girl will also host its annual celebration to commemorate this important day.
In addition, Plan will host a Thought Leader Panel on October 7. This year's State of the World's Girls Report: Pathways to Power will be the topic of conversation for a panel consisting of Plan International USA Girl Ambassadors, Plan CEO Tessie San Martin, NoVo Foundation President Jennifer Buffett, Global Youth Advocate Chernor Bah, and Morgan Stanley Managing Director of Philanthropy Melanie Schnoll.
How can YOU get involved?
- Find us on Facebook! Share with us at @BcImaGirl on Twitter and Instagram. This year's hashtag is #BeBold4Girls
- Visit Plan International USA's Crowdrise page to learn how you can Be Bold and join the fight against gender inequality. Also, don't miss our Be Bold blog series on the Plan website!
- Sport a Because I am a Girl t-shirt or maybe some cool socks on October 11 to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.