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Gender equality

2016 IDG Events

Girls’ Progress = Goals Progress

An audience member records youth theatre performers Girl Be Heard during a 2015 International Day of the Girl Child at UNICEF House.
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Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls

The world’s 1.1 billion girls  are part of a large and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future. Yet the ambition for gender equality in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights the preponderance of disadvantage and discrimination borne by girls everywhere on a daily basis. Only through explicit focus on collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data, and using these data to inform key policy and program decisions, can we adequately measure and understand the opportunities and challenges girls face, and identify and track progress towards solutions to their most pressing problems.

  • What Counts for Girls: Global Goals and the Role of Data to Measure Progress

    UNICEF Event

    Date: Tuesday, 11 October 2016
    Time: 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM
    Location: Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza, New York, 10017

     Publication:Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls

    * This event is open to the public, please RSVP at dayofthegirl@unicef.org

  • Breaking the Barriers to Girls’ Equality: We Are All Responsible

    Breaking the Barriers to Girls’ Equality: We Are All Responsible

    Date: 11 October
    Time: 8:00AM CST – 5:00PM CST
    Location: San José, Republic of Costa Rica, Children’s Museum


    Hosted by: UNICEF LACRO, the Vice President of Costa Rica, and the Children’s National Trust of Costa Rica

    Details: The regional event intends to stimulate reflection and dialogue with two principal objectives: Share and discuss recent, regional data on the situation of girls and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean; Highlight the particular needs of girls with disabilities in the Region.

  • Presentation of Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy Advocacy Letter

    Date: 11 October
    Time: TBC
    Location: Colombo

    Hosted by: UNICEF and UNFPA

    Details: Presentation of child marriage and teenage pregnancy advocacy letter, signed by over 40 UN agencies, NGOs, and people of influence, to a senior Sri Lankan government minister.

  • Empowered Girls, Empowered Futures

    Inclusive and Quality Education, an End to Child Marriages
    Date: 11 October (8-9 October 2016, Youth Voice – Workshop)
    Time: All day
    Location: Hilton Hotel, Istanbul

    Hosted by: Birleşmiş Milletler Türkiye

    Details: Conference organized by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and Aydın Doğan Foundation to salute programmes that advance girl’s education and promise and end to child marriage, with reflections from international and national best practice and the voices of girls in Turkey. Prior to the conference, UNICEF is organizing a two-day workshop with adolescents to make sure that they will have the opportunity to participate in their process and provide inputs to the main event.

  • UN Headquarters: The Working Group on Girls; 4th Annual Girls Speak Out

    The Working Group on Girls; 4th Annual Girls Speak Out

    Date: 11 October
    Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
    Location: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters
    Hosted by: The Working Group on Girls and the Missions of Canada, Peru and Turkey

    Details: Selected girl activists representing diverse issues and communities will speak on the work they are doing to address issues impacting girls globally; specifically the issues of marginalized girls, girls in politics, and girls supporting girls. The artistic performances accompanying the girl activists will be direct representations of girls’ experiences and stories from around the world.

  • No Girl Left Behind - Unlocking Data to Power the Girls Rights Movement

    No Girl Left Behind: Unlocking Data to Power the Girls Rights Movement
    Date: 11 October
    Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
    Location: The Westin Grand Central
    Hosted by: Plan International

    Details: Plan International, together with partners, will host a reception event to mark the 2016 International Day of the Girl. The event will globally launch Plan International’s new Because I am a Girl report: ‘Counting the Invisible’, highlighting why joint efforts to track gender data in the SDGs are critical. The event will also form one of several worldwide anchor events showcasing global action to support young women and girls around the world to take on positions of power in political, economic and social spaces.

  • Talk Show: Taking over the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

    Talk Show: Taking over the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda 
    Date: 11 October
    Time: 1:00AM GMT – 12:30PM GMT
    Location: Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison De La Paix, Genève, Switzerland 
    Event Flyer: weblink


    Hosted by: Organized in partnership with Plan International and with the support of the International Geneva Gender Champions, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Permanent Missions of Canada and Colombia to the United Nations in Geneva, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

    Details: The International Day of the Girl will also be celebrated on 11 October 2016  in Geneva, and will focus on “Taking over the 2030 Sustainable development Agenda”,  through two participatory events: A Talk Show led by girls and young women (at the Geneva Graduate Institute from 10h30 to 12h30), moderated by the Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

    The objective of the Talk Show will be to hear the voices of girls and young women themselves about the challenges and opportunities for the realization of their rights and highlight the importance of girls and young women in the implementation and monitoring of girls-related SDGs - including the need to collect accurate data to measure progress. 

    This event is coordinated by Plan International with the support and co-sponsoring of UNICEF Geneva Liaison Office (in partnership with the Gender Section in NY, providing also a financial contribution to the event in Geneva), the Graduate Institute, the Government of Canada, the Government of Colombia, UNFPA, OHCHR and UN Women. During the Talk Show UNICEF will take the role of the first key respondent from the floor.  

  • Switzerland: Dance Flash Mob

    Dance Flash Mob
    Date: 11 October
    Time: 1:00PM GMT – 2:00PM GMT
    Location: Place des Nations, Genève, Switzerland

    Hosted by: Committee on the Status of Women (CSW)

    Details: The Talk Show will be followed by a Dance flash mob at the Place des Nations, at 1:00PM GMT organized by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), in partnership with the United Nations office in Geneva, and other organizations, where the public will be called to dance together to raise awareness about the importance to take meaningful action to achieve SDG 5 on Gender Equity. 

  • Social Media: 11 Days of Action Campaign

    11 Days of Action Campaign - Global Social Media 
    Date: 1 October – 11 October
    Location: Social Media
    Hosted by: The Working Group on Girls
    Website: http://dayofthegirlsummit.org/11-days-of-action-2/

    Details: The 11 Days of Action Campaign runs from October 1 to October 11. The Campaign addresses progress made for girls across 5 years of IDG and highlights our goals for girls’ human rights globally. Each day of the campaign focuses on a different topic or area of concern with a targeted Twitter chat; the days are sponsored by different organizations to promote social change and increase participation. 

    This year, our 11 Days of Action campaign will build momentum to the Girls Speak Out event and celebration of IDG at the United Nations on October 11th. UNICEF will highlight data collected from a global U-Report data call on preventing violence against girls, and assets from UNGEI and others.

  • Launch of the IDG16 Brochure

    Launch of the IDG16 Brochure
    Date: 6 October

    Details: The brochure will include global figures on girls’ issues addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals, highlight gender data gaps and call for actions to improve data on girls. 



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