International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations which will be celebrated annually on October 11.
October 11, 2015, will be the fourth time that the Day of the Girl will be celebrated ever.
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, establishing a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world which mainly include inequality in areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination and violence.
The resolution passed by the United Nations states that the Day of the Girl recognizes :
[the] empowerment of and investment in girls, which are critical for economic growth, the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of poverty and extreme poverty, as well as the meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them, are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights, and recognizing also that empowering girls requires their active participation in decision-making processes and the active support and engagement of their parents, legal guardians, families and care providers, as well as boys and men and the wider community […]
The International Day of the Girl Child will give people and organizations the opportunity to raise public awareness of the different types of discrimination and abuse that many girls around the world suffer from.
International Day of the Girl Child Events & Celebrations :
Various events to promote the Day of the Girl are planned in several countries. Some are sponsored by the United Nations, such as a concert in Mumbai, India.