International Day of the Girl Child

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International Girl Child Day is celebrated annually and internationally every year on 11 October.

Important facts

  • Its aim is to raise awareness about gender-based discrimination and inequality faced by girls. 

  • The day focuses on the need to address the challenges faced by girls, empower them and promote the fulfilment of their rights.

  • According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the day celebrated globally by the United Nations (UN) aims to stand with girls who are more vulnerable to discrimination and violence than boys.

  • The theme of International Day of the Girl Child of year 2022 - "Our time is now—our rights, our future".

Background of the day

  • On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 66/170 and declared October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child to recognize the rights of girls and the challenges faced by girls around the world.

  • For the first time this day was celebrated on 11 October 2012.

  • The theme of the first International Day of the Girl Child was 'Ending Child Marriage'.

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