International Day of the Girl or International Girl Child Day is marked every year on October 11 every year. It is a day dedicated to amplifying the voices of the girl child and stand up for the rights. The theme for this year's International Girl Child Day is, "Girl Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable". The day will celebrate the achievements of girls and the many milestones achieved by them since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and forced child marriage are some of the core areas of focus on the International Girl Child Day.
On the occasion of International Day of Girl, UNICEF, the child rights body, tweeted, "Brave, Powerful, Bold, Innovative, Resilient, Courageous, Strong, Unscripted, Unstoppable. Girls can do any - and every - thing! Let's tear down all barriers and lift them up. Let's step aside and let girls lead."
Brave— UNICEF (@UNICEF) October 8, 2019
Girls can do any - and every - thing! Let's tear down all barriers and lift them up. Let's step aside and let girls lead. #DayoftheGirlpic.twitter.com/QtLaf8x18G
The child rights body also shared an inspiring video showcasing how girls are unstoppable.
The idea of a dedicated day for the girl child is to work to reinforce girls' rights to a safe childhood, to decide for themselves, and to education and skills. In short, the right to create the future they want.
International Day of Girl was first observed in 2012 and the theme was "ending child marriage". In the following years, the themes were, "innovating for girls' education", "Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence," and "The Power of Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030", "Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls,", "EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises," and the theme for 2018 was “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force.”