International Day of the Girl Child 2014

Girls in school in Haiti. UNICEF image.

About the Day

Since 2012, the United Nations marks 11 October as the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’. The day promotes girls' human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world.


This year, the theme is "Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence". UN Women Executive Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will speak at an event at UNICEF House co-sponsored by UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA and Plan International, from 12.30-2 p.m. [Invitation]Watch the livestream here.

Check out our special In Focus compilation on the Girl Child, one of the 12 critical areas of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.


Girls attend a computer class at San Jose, a rural secondary school in La Ceja del Tambo, Antioquia, Colombia.   Photo: © Charlotte Kesl / World Bank

The 2013 theme for the Day was “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. See our In Focus compilation for statements, feature stories, and details of our launch of the innovative “Voices against Violence” curriculum.


See our In Focus compilation for the first International Day of the Girl Child in 2012, focused on the theme of ending child marriage.