Get Involved with Day of the Girl!
After a successful campaign led by Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative (and thanks to your help!), the United Nations has declared October 11 the International Day of the Girl Child! This day will create a foundation to advocate and recognize girls’ rights globally.
We are using the first ever Day of the Girl to shine a light on the importance of girls’ education.
Sadly, millions of children don’t go to school just because they are girls. Yet, we know educated girls marry later, have children later, and are more able to pull themselves and their communities out of poverty.
Over the next five years, we aim to support 4 million girls to get the education, skills and support they need to transform their lives and the world around them.
The Day of the Girl gives us a real opportunity to get international attention and action on issues, like education, that affect girls.
How you can help
Here are some of the ways you can get involved in the Day of the Girl and support girls.
Raise your hand for girls’ education
Children raise their hand if they want to be heard. Around the world, a raised hand is a symbol for education and the empowerment that comes with it. So, raise your hand if you believe every girl deserves an education. Tell the United Nations to put girls’ education at the top of the global agenda!
- Raise your hand virtually on Facebook and share with your friends
- Or, if you don’t have Facebook, take a photo of yourself, your friends or your family with your hand raised in the air. Add your photo to our “Hands up for girls” Flickr page by emailing your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org (photos must be in JPG file format only and file size should be less than 3MB).