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The world will celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11. To kickstart the conversation about the importance of empowering adolescent girls, the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign launched #GIRLHERO, a photo-sharing campaign to celebrate girls everywhere.
You can help create a ripple effect of people celebrating girls. Join Girl Up in sparking an empowering chain reaction for girls around the world. Simply post a photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram of a girl who inspires you, and tag her in the post. Encourage her to pass it forward and post a photo of the girl who inspires her. (Be sure to use #GIRLHERO when you post your photo!)
About International Day of the Girl
The Day of the Girl is a response to an urgent problem facing our world today: the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. On October 11 of every year, we envision dynamic groups across the world (led by girls, of course!) acting to highlight, discuss, celebrate and ultimately advance girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach ourselves and other people–adults, boys, and other girls all across the world–new ways of thinking about gender issues, which will empower us take action to change the status quo.
In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child. Over the past two years, this movement helped young female change-makers secure over 100 county proclamations across the country. In 2013, US President Barack Obama officially declared the Day of the Girl thanks to very dedicated Day of the Girl-US activists.
“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”-United Nations Resolution 66/170