International Day of the Girl Child ( 11 October )
International Day of the Girl Child ( 11 October ) observed across the world
Third International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) was observed across the
world on 11 October 2014. The theme was Empowering Adolescent Girls:
Ending the Cycle of Violence.
The theme of IDGC was selected in recognition of the importance of
investing in and empowering girls during adolescence and preventing and
eliminating the various forms of violence they experience.
On this day, Governments, the UN system, civil society, and public and
private institutions were called on to join forces and reaffirm their
commitment to end the scourge of violence against adolescent girls and
to promote their empowerment by
• Investing in adolescent girls to equip them with skills, confidence,
and life options: through family, schools, technical and vocational
education and training, and health, social and economic support systems
• Making infrastructure, services, and technology accessible to girls
and effective in meeting their needs for safety, connectivity and
• Facilitating adolescent girls engagement in civic, economic and political life
• Continuing to advocate for making violence against girls and women visible and unacceptable both in private and public domains
• Strengthening data, measurement and the evidence base in relation to the empowerment of and violence against adolescent girls
In India, as a part of IDGC, PM Narendra Modi invited ideas on Beti
Bachao, Beti Padhao, exhorted the people of India to pledge to create an
atmosphere for equality for the girl child and to end gender-based
discrimination in India.
About International Day of the Girl Child
The United Nations adopted a resolution in 2011 and designated 11
October as International Day of the Girl Child for promoting the rights
of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.
• IDGC is intended to draw attention to the uncontested fact that
everywhere in the world girls face some sort of discrimination.
• The first IDGC was observed in 2012 with the theme Ending Child
Marriage and the second IDGC was observed in 2013 with the theme
Innovating for Girl’s Education.