On October 11 , 2015 the international community will be celebrating the fourth annual International Day of the Girl Child. The occasion serves to recognize the rights of girls and highlight the unique challenges they face daily.
The idea for an International Day of the Girl was first launched in Canada in 2009, as part of Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl campaign, with an online petition and an advocacy event. The plan for an International Day of the Girl was formally proposed as a resolution by Canada in the United Nations General Assembly in 2011. The General Assembly adopted the resolution declaring October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child.
The theme for 2015 is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence. This theme highlights the exposure of adolescent girls to violence, harassment and abuse, and examines how this exposure compromises girls’ safe and healthy transition from childhood to adulthood.