Gender equality

International Day of the Girl Child

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Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence

In 2011, a United Nations resolution established 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC), a day designated for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face. The inaugural day in 2012 focused on the issue of ending child marriage. In 2013 the theme was “Innovating for Girls’ Education.”

As the lead agency for the Day, UNICEF, in consultation with other United Nations agencies and civil society partners, selected as this year’s theme, Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence, in recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering adolescent girls and of preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence adolescent girls experience.


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Concept Note

IDGC Theme 2014
Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence
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Key Messages

Ending the Cycle of Violence: IDGC 2014 
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United Nations

Secretary General's Message on 2014 IDGC:
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