International Day of Girl: What Is It and Why Should We Care?

By Tina Lu

In 2011, the United Nations deemed October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl Child to “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” Today, as a result of the United Nations’ declaration, we (and the rest of the world) celebrate the 1.1 billion girls that will lead the future.


The theme for this year’s International Day of Girl is  Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls. In brief, the United Nations hope to collect more data on the state and progress of girls around the world to better understand the opportunities and challenges girls may face.

The International Day of Girl is part of a larger movement for universal gender equality, by girls, for girls, and we at Project GirlSpire TOTALLY SUPPORT IT.

Here are some general global stats about the status of girls, so you can know where we are in the fight and where we still have to go:


  1. There are 31 million school-aged girls who CAN’T attend elementary school
  2. About 35 percent of women across the world have encountered physical or sexual violence
  3. Only 4 percent of top U.S. companies have women as their chief executive officers (and we’re supposed to be one of the most gender-equal countries!)

“Girl power in my mind is to let girls be exactly what they are. Let them be angry. Let them be resentful. And rebellious. Let them be hard and soft and loving and sad and silly. Let them be wrong. Let them be right. Let them be everything, because they are everything.” — Amy Sherman-Palladino

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