International Day of the Girl Child (IGD)

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Overview:

International Girl Child Day is celebrated on October 11.

About:

  • The International Day of the Girl Child aims to raise awareness about the importance and potential girls hold as the future of our society.
  • It focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
  • 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of International Day of the Girl Child. 

 

Theme:

  • This year’s theme is “Our time is now—our rights, our future”.

 

History:

  • First time in history, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995, proposed an action plan to advance the rights of girls.
  • In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 66/170 and adopted October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child.
  • It was an annual day commemorated to honour girls. Every year, a new theme is to be picked to focus on the most prevalent issue of the year.
  • International Day of the Girl Child was first observed in 2012.

 


Source : Down to Earth