OCTOBER 11: CELEBRATE THE PASSION AND COMMITMENT OF GIRLS

Girls, discriminated against because of both gender and age,
are the most marginalized group in our world.

Photo credit: Paul Walters

On December 19, 2011, supported by petitions from girls across the globe, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 the International Day of the Girl “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

Some of the major challenges that girls face:

ILLITERACY – By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world’s (adult) population who cannot read.

SCHOOL DROPOUT – Only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school.

FORCED MARRIAGE – One in seven girls in developing countries is married before age 15.

Day of the Girl Virtual SummitLearn more about the issues girls face:
plan-international.org/girls

Register now for the Day of the Girl Virtual Summit on October 11, 2012:  dayofthegirlsummit.com/register/

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