October 11 is International Day of the Girl

Updated: October 1, 2022

The United Nations marks October 11 as the International Day of the Girl since 2012.  International Day of the Girl focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

This October 11 UN Women is joining other UN agencies, civil society, and girls around the world to celebrate International Day of the Girl Child under the theme “Digital generation. Our generation.” Together, they are calling for equal access to the internet and digital devices for girls and targeted investments to facilitate opportunities for girls to safely and meaningfully access, use, lead and design technology.
Visit UN Women In Focus webpages for past International Day of the Girl Child information: 202020192018201720162015201420132012

International Day of the Girl: What it is and why it matters – World Vision

International Day of the Girl 2022: Our Time Is Now, Our Rights, Our Future – UNICEF
UNICEF’s webpage on International Day of the Girl – Digital Generation highlights the 2021 Generation Equality Forum, Tech Trailblazers, Teen Girl Activists, Coping with COVID-19, and Girls’ Satellites.

  • Tech Trailblazers – Meet eight diverse and vibrant adolescent girls and young women technologists who embody the hope of change possible if we only invest more in girl- and young-women-designed learning solutions fit for their digital world.
  • Teen Girl Activist – An entire generation of teens is speaking up and out for equality.  These are the stories of five young women from Senegal, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Armenia, and South Africa done waiting for change to come their way.
  • Coping with COVID-19 – A pandemic through a girl’s eyes: 16 adolescent girls from nine countries film their lives under lockdown.
  • Girls’ Satellites Soar to the Stars – Kazakhstan’s nanosatellite initiative propels girls to the forefront of science and technology.

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.  Zonta is dedicated to achieving gender equality in education and supports scholarships, fellowships and awards for women and girls pursuing education and careers in these traditionally male-dominated fields.

  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship – Zonta annually awards up to 35 Fellowships of US$10,000 each to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences.
  • Women in Business Scholarship – Zonta helps women pursuing undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management with 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each and an additional six scholarships of US$8,000 each annually.
  • Women in STEM Scholarship – Women of any age, pursuing a program in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at an accredited university/college/institute, who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and are living or studying in a Zonta district/region, are eligible.  A single candidate from each of Zonta’s 31 districts and one region will receive an award of US$5,000 from Zonta International.
  • Young Women in Public Affairs Award – Zonta recognizes young women for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service with 32 awards of US$1,500 each and 10 additional awards of US$5,000 each annually. 

Zonta International partners include UNFPA, UNICEF USA, UN Women, Girls Not Brides, Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally and Women’s Empowerment Principles.
Zonta Club of Greater Queens, a local chapter of Zonta International, has supported the Center for the Women of New York over the years.

Girls Across the World Speak Up Against False Information Online – Plan International
17 kids’ books to celebrate International Day of the Girl – Motherly