International Day of the Girl Child

Victoria GrantGirls’ Rights are Human Rights

In December 2011 the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 October the International Day of the Girl Child, thus recognizing girls’ human rights and the particular challenges that girls face.  In reserving a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN has demonstrated its commitment to end gender-based inequality, discrimination, neglect, violenceand the economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls across the globe.

The Canadian and US girl activists who conducted the campaign to create this special day of observance purposefullychose the date 10/11/12 (month/day/year) in order to highlight that the fact that life often changes dramatically for the worse for girls aged 10-12 years.  In many societies, negative cultural