October Is the Time for Each of Us to Observe International Day of the Girl
A month full of celebrations around girls – all over the world – October is when companies, civil society leaders, governments, and community organizations who are advocating for gender equity host events around the work they are doing.
Though officially observed every year on October 11th, many allocate the entire month of October to commemorate the International Day of the Girl.
- 12 million girls under 18 are married each year
- 130 million girls worldwide are still out of school
- approximately 15 million adolescent girls aged 15-19 have experienced forced sex.
October 11th is a day designated to eliminating gender-based challenges that girls face – including child marriages, poor learning opportunities, violence, and discrimination. Like its adult version, International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, International Day of the Girl also empowers girls and amplifies their voices.
This is a time to take part in this worldwide celebration by bringing International Day of the Girl to your community, school, or business! And when you do, bring Pioneers in Skirts in for a screening.
Acknowledge the importance, power, and potential of girls in October.
“It is time for us all to stand accountable – with and for girls – and to invest in a future that believes in their agency, leadership and potential.” – United Nations
Host a movie screening event followed by a meaningful conversation about pioneering ambition. Use a screening of Pioneers in Skirts to celebrate girls!