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International Day of the Girl 2023
October 11, 2023
Celebrating and Empowering Girls Worldwide!
The International Day of the Girl (IDG) – observed annually on October 11th – is a global platform to advocate for the full spectrum of girls’ rights. This year at a time when we are seeing a range of movements and actions to curtail girls’ and women’s rights and roll back progress on gender equality, we see particularly harsh impacts on girls. From maternal healthcare and parenting support for adolescent mothers, to digital and life skills training, and from comprehensive sexuality education to survivor support services and violence prevention programmes, there is an urgent need for increased attention and resourcing of the key areas that enable girls to realize their rights and achieve their fullest potential.
Responding to girls’ calls for change, the global community must move beyond reaffirming commitments and invest boldly in the action needed to make that change. When we pay attention, we see that already many girls are championing solutions and change in their communities. Together with our government and civil society partners, UNICEF envisions a world where girls are being given space to shape government policy and spending, to inform the rules and norms by which businesses should operate, and to direct the priorities of for new research and innovations – these examples should not be novelties, but the norm.