Celebrating and Investing in Girls’ Rights on International Day of the Girl


🌟 Empower a girl, empower the world! 🌟 

The International Day of the Girl, celebrated every October 11th, is not just a day but a movement to spotlight and uplift girls worldwide, advocating for their rights and equal opportunities. 

This year, the theme “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being” brings to the forefront the critical role of investing in girls’ futures for the collective advancement of societies and communities.

Why Investing in Girls is a Strategic Move

Investing in girls is not merely a moral and ethical obligation but a strategic move towards sustainable development, economic growth, and societal progression. Consider the following:

  • Educational Impact: Each additional year of secondary education enhances a girl’s potential income by 10-20%.
  • Economic Return: Every dollar invested in girls’ sexual and reproductive health can yield financial returns of up to $120.
  • Demographic Dividend: Strategic investments in girls can lead to a demographic dividend, providing substantial payoffs in the future.

Challenges Encountered by Girls Globally

Despite their boundless potential, girls across the globe confront numerous challenges, including:

  • Educational Barriers: Nearly 1 in 5 girls globally are not completing lower-secondary school.
  • Digital Divide: Approximately 90% of adolescent girls in low-income countries lack internet access.
  • Health Risks: Adolescent girls account for 3 in 4 new HIV infections among adolescents.

A Year-Long Call to Action

From October 2023 to October 2024, UNICEF and its partners are rallying global stakeholders to:

  1. Prioritize Girls in Rights Protection: Ensure girls’ rights are central in combating gender equality pushback.
  2. Support Girls’ Leadership: Facilitate platforms for girls to voice their concerns at every policy-making level.
  3. Implement Multi-sectoral Programmes: Address adolescent girls’ needs holistically.
  4. Ensure Adolescent-Girl-Friendly Services: Mitigate stigma and poor treatment in essential services.
  5. Amplify Funding for Girls: Make structural changes to adequately fund adolescent girls.

Joining the Movement

Ensuring every girl, everywhere, has the opportunity to realize her rights and achieve her full potential is a collective responsibility. Your involvement, whether through direct investment, policy-making, or amplifying their voices, can make a tangible difference.


The International Day of the Girl is more than a celebration; it’s a reminder of our collective responsibility to advocate for girls’ rights and well-being. By investing in their education, health, and overall development, we are empowering their futures and contributing to the sustainable development of our global society.

Get Involved

Learn more about the challenges and opportunities in investing in girls here. Join the conversation using #DayOfTheGirl, #InvestInHer, and #EmpowerHer.