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Gender equality

2015 IDGC - The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030

International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) was celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls. This year’s theme was “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.” 

There are nearly 600 million girls aged 10 to 19 in the world today, each with limitless individual potential, however they are disappearing from public awareness and the international development agenda. Between inequities in secondary education to protection issues, adolescent girls are uniquely impacted and should benefit from targeted investments and programmes that address their distinct needs. Investing in adolescent girls can have a formidable ripple effect to create a better world by 2030. On this International Day of the Girl, join us in highlighting the unique challenges and potential of adolescent girls.

Watch The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030

UNICEF and its partners marked the day with a moderated forum fostering thought, discussion, and action, followed by an afternoon of exhibition events and an interactive showcase highlighting examples of good practice. The forum event marked the launch of UNESCO’s GMR Gender Report, which highlights the importance of investing in girls’ and women’s education.

The Secretary General Message on the International Day of the Girl Child
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The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals rightly include key targets for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They offer an opportunity for a global commitment to breaking intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination – and realizing our vision of a life of dignity for all.

Our task now is to get to work on meeting the SDG targets and making good on our promises to give girls all the opportunities they deserve as they mature to adulthood by 2030. That means enabling them to avoid child marriage and unwanted pregnancy, protect against HIV transmission, stay safe from female genital mutilation, and acquire the education and skills they need to realize their potential. It also requires ensuring their sexual health and reproductive rights. Girls everywhere should be able to lead lives free from fear and violence. If we achieve this progress for girls, we will see advances across society.

Just after the adoption last month of the global goals for sustainable development, world leaders heard a ringing call from Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was flanked in the General Assembly Hall by young people from around the world. “Promise us that you will keep your commitments and invest in our future,” she urged.

Three years ago, on the International Day of the Girl Child, I condemned the attack against Malala and called for more opportunities for girls everywhere. Today, I applaud her courage and that of her peers, who only want the chance to contribute to our world.

Let us resolve to invest in today’s adolescent girls so that tomorrow they can stand strong as citizens, political leaders, entrepreneurs, heads of their households and more. This will secure their rights and our common future.

Social Media Efforts to Support the 2015 Day of the Girl 

UNICEF and parters made extensive use of social media to get the word about the 2015 International Day of the Girl Child, The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.

#Day of the Girl

YouTube Videos 

Day of the Girl

Partners’ social media campaigns
The Working Group on Girls/Together for Girls: 11 Days of Action: Beginning October 1 the global IDG community will join forces to raise girls voices to their highest levels ever: 11 Days of Action #SeeUs #HearUs #JoinUs. See each day’s social media plan at: http://dayofthegirlsummit.org/11-days-of-action-2/

Girls Not Brides: #MyLifeAt15 campaign calls on governments to implement the SDG target to end child marriage by 2030. Share your photo and describe your ambitions and dreams at the age of 15, using #MyLifeAt15 and #EndChildMarriage

Plan International: Unlock the power of girls! Share the #Girl4President film to amplify girls’ voices: https://plan-international.org/dayofthegirl

Girl Up: Celebrate your #GIRLHERO! Give a social media shout out to the #GIRLHERO in your life this International Day of the Girl to celebrate girl power everywhere.



Secretary general

Message on IDGC 2015
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Key messages

Vision for 2030 
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