The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11, 2017 will spur global attention and action to the challenges girls are addressing before, during, and after crises through its theme, EmPOWER girls.
EmPOWER girls will highlight the current actions of empowered girls in a range of geographical settings that represent the vast diversity of emergency contexts. These examples will include girls’ efforts to prevent violence against girls in emergencies and build resilient communities. It’s more than just a day. IDG marks the launch of a year-long effort to bring together multi-sectoral partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to the most pressing needs and opportunities of girls in emergencies, among them: giving girls voice- so that they are informing all aspects of emergency response and services put in place; access to menstrual hygiene and other commodities, and related gender-responsive health and nutrition information and services; addressing gender-based violence and harmful practices through a range of prevention, protection and response approaches; and access to girls’ education and skill-building.