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EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after emergencies

collage of events from 2017 day of the girl
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This page contains information about a range of Day of the Girl activities and events taking place around the world.

2017 International Day of the Girl Events

  • Global: Adolescent girls' resilience in times of crisis

    Every day girls around the world are fighting for their freedom 
    This International Day of the Girl - join them and raise your voice

    Partners: UNICEF’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, International Rescue Committee and Girls Not Brides

    Adolescent girls experience particular vulnerabilities following violent conflict, forced displacement and climate-induced disasters. Interventions designed to tackle the aftermath of such crises rarely take into account girls’ specific needs and vulnerabilities, particularly around psychosocial well-being. Yet by building adolescents’ emotional capacity and boosting their social networks and support services there is an opportunity to significantly enhance their resilience in the face of disasters and conflict. On Day of the Girl Child, the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme convenes a webinar showcasing new programming and research on adolescent service provision and resilience measures, and discusses the most effective ways to measure progress and tackle key evidence gaps.

    When: 11 October, 2:30PM BST
    Register here: www.gage.odi.org/news-media-and-events 

  • New York, United States: EmPOWER Girls: Before, During and After Emergencies

    Partners: UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, the Government of Canada and Plan International

    The annual IDG Event will focus on IDG partners and girl advocates working to create empowering solutions to ending violence against girls (EVAG), including how innovation, gender programming and government action are critical to this effort. Calling attention to the increased vulnerabilities girls face before, during, and after times of crises, this event will launch a year-long effort to bring together programming, advocacy, communication, fundraising, and public engagement around girls in emergencies.

    When: 11 October, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
    Where: Labouisse Hall, UNICEF, 3 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017
    Full programme for the event: PDF
    RSVP: here

  • Global: Day of the Girl Summit

    Partners: The Working Group on Girls (WGG)

    The IDG Summit including the 11 Days of Action and the Girls Speak Out Event brings girls and girl-serving organizations together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. The Summit has become a movement: a year-long, action-oriented virtual platform for change makers to leverage community resources in support the advancement of girls’ human rights.

    When: 1-11 October
    Where: Global
    Join the Summit: here

  • Istanbul, Turkey: Educational Needs of the 21st Century

    Partners: UNICEF Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

    The theme of the annual IDG MENA conference held in Istanbul, Turkey is Educational Needs of the 21st Century: Transformation in Education for ‘Empowered Girls, Empowered Future’. The two day event will feature a youth workshop and conference.

    When: 8-9 October
    Where: Istanbul, Turkey

  • Washington DC, United States: Overcoming Challenges, Empowering Girls

    Partners: Girls Not Brides USA, the END FGM/C U.S. Network and CARE, in cooperation with the House Foreign Affairs Committee

    Panel discussion to spotlight promoting girls’ education and ending child marriage and FGM. Reception to follow.

    When: 10 October
    Where: Washington DC, United States 

  • New York, United States: Girls Speak Out

    Partners: The Working Group on Girls (WGG) and the missions of Canada, Peru, and Turkey

    Join us to celebrate the 2017 International Day of the Girl! Together, we will take over the United Nations to demand girls' rights. We want #justiceforgirls!

    When: 11 October, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Where: United Nations Headquarters New York, NY 10017
    RSVP: here

  • Washington DC, USA: Data to Action

    Partners: United Nations Foundation, GirlUp, Together for Girls, Know Violence, Ignite Philanthropy, UNICEF, UNAIDS, Women Deliver, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Americas, End Violence Against Children, Church & Society and the Embassy of Canada

    A discussion about Breaking the Cycle of Violence Against Girls, bringing awareness to violence against girls and how we can stop it. Program with reception to follow.

    When: 11 October, Program: 3:00PM - 5:30PM, Reception: 5:30PM - 6:30PM
    Where: The Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.

  • Geneva, Switzerland: Geneva: Launch of the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) Toolkit

    Partners: World Health Organization (WHO) and partners

    The Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) is the first international study exploring gender norms and healthy sexuality among early adolescents (10-14 years). The event will draw attention to the needs and problems of adolescent girls and to WHO’s efforts with partners to meet their needs and respond to their rights, including the launch of the GEAS toolkit.

    When: 11 October, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
    Where: Graduate Institute of International Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Dominican Republic: UNICEF Latin America - Empower Girls


    Date: 11 October, 2017
    Location: TBC, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Details: UNICEF LACRO’s annual IDG Event will celebrate the theme, “emPOWER Girls”. 
    The Day will include:
    • Let’s talk about Girls’ EmPOWERment Event,
    • A “girls-’eye view” of EmPOWERment Event.
  • Kyiv, Ukraine: “EmPOWER Girls” Football Cup

    Partners: UNICEF in partnership with the Football Federation of Ukraine

    On the International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF in partnership with the Football Federation of Ukraine invites girls-football players to participate in the “EmPower Girls” Football Cup for the first time ever in Ukraine. Girls from all over Ukraine will gather at the Cup to meet, communicate, and share ideas, empowering each other to break gender stereotypes, choose their hobbies, and actively pursue their dreams. This is an event where the participants play fairly, respect teammates and the opposition, and demonstrate mutual support.

    When: 11 October
    Where: Bannikov Stadium, 7b Laboratornyi Lane, Kyiv, Ukraine

  • Serbia: Press conference on child marriage

    Partners: UNICEF Serbia and Serbian Gender Coordination Body of the Government of Serbia (GCB)

    A press conference with the Serbian Gender Coordination Body of the Government of Serbia (GCB), chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, on child marriage. The press conference will announce the beginning of close collaboration between UNICEF and GCB on child marriage, and will send a call for the establishment of a coalition of stakeholders from across different sectors (ministries, independent institutions, civil society organizations, academic bodies, the Roma community) with the aim of creating a platform for learning and sharing knowledge, advocacy, action and accountability on the issue of child marriage.  

  • Albania: Workshop: Child Marriage

    Partners: UNICEF Albania, UNFPA

    As part of a joint UNICEF/UNFPA undertaking to document/analyse the phenomena of Child Marriage in Albania, UNICEF will be part of a workshop with young people intended to explore their knowledge, views and attitudes on the subject.

  • Kosovo: Sports and Debate

    Partners: UNICEF Kosovo and Kosovo Live

    Empowerment of young girls (14-18 yrs old) from different ethnicities, and girls with disabilities by taking part in sports activities on International Day of the Girl. This will be followed by a debate with young girls which is going to be organized by press online portal Kosova Live and reflected under "Girls, be heard" column.   

  • Turkey: Empowered Girls, Empowered Future

    Girls as Social Change Agents in the 21st Century Istanbul 

    Partners: UNICEF Turkey

    International Conference on Empowered Girls, Empowered Future: Girls as Social Change Agents in the 21st Century Istanbul 

  • Azerbaijan: International Day of the Girl football match

    Partners: UNICEF Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan Football Federation Association

    Football match in partnership with Azerbaijan Football Federation Association (AFFA)

  • Ukraine: EmPower Girls Football Cup

    Partners: UNICEF Ukraine

    EmPower Girls Football Cup for International Day of the Girl 2017

  • New York: Free to Dream, Free to Lead: Ensuring Adolescent Girls’ Rights in Emergencies

    Partners: Plan International

    Join young advocates and leading thinkers to discuss global prevention efforts, humanitarian needs of girls in emergencies, the necessity for age sensitive and gender responsive considerations, and holistic programming that responds to the needs of girls.

    When: 11 October, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    Where: Madison Ballroom, The Westin Grand Central, 212 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017 

  • New York: Hope and Resilience: Quality Education and Gender Equality, Integrating SDGs 4 & 5

    Partners: Society of the Sacred Heart at the UN and Loretto at the UN

    The panelists are a girl leader, a youth activist, and an adult motivational speaker and advocate for girl education. Each panelist will speak from her experience of quality education for girls, share that which has been her struggle, and what she perceives needs to happen to better achieve quality education for girls. Each one will also present how education instills hope and resilience for girls, and offer concrete suggestions to furthering the achievement of SDGs 4 and 5. 

    When: 11 October, 11:30AM - 12:45PM
    Where:  2nd Floor, Church Center at the UN (CCUN) 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY



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