How the world celebrated the 2014 International Day of the Girl

Lisa | 3 years ago | « back

Wow! Can you believe that this year was already the 3rd International Day of the Girl? We can remember when we were busy campaigning to make the Day of the Girl a reality!

Even after 3 years of celebrating the Day of the Girl, the message behind this day is still important. Girls in many parts of the world still face discrimination simply because they’re girls. They face unique challenges and barriers to education, opportunities to make a living, and girls are also disproportionately affected by early and forced marriage, and poverty.

And yet, we know investing in girls is key to creating a brighter, safer future for everyone. When girls are educated, healthy and informed, they lift themselves, their children and their entire communities out of poverty.

See how Canada and other countries around the world celebrated Day of the Girl and a #BrighterFuture for girls everywhere!


Notes for a brighter future

Image of a baby’s face made out of Post-it®Notes.

Over 1,200 Post-it®Notes were used to create this image in celebration of Day of the Girl.

World-renowned Post-it®Note artist, Andreas Kopp, joined Plan Canada in celebrating a brighter future for girls around the world by creating an 8-foot interactive Post-it Note installation at the Toronto Eaton Centre. We were proud to have two of our Celebrated Ambassadors, actress Sarah Rafferty and three-time Olympic champion Marnie McBean, take part in this artistic creation alongside supporters.

Check out our photo album to see how over 1,200 inspirational notes were transformed into an image that celebrates the spirit of Day of the Girl!

Members of Parliament show support for girls’ rights

We’re proud that Canadians, including the Government of Canada, helped Plan Canada champion the call for an internationally recognized Day of the Girl at the United Nations back in 2010. This year, in their own words, Members of Parliament continued to show their support for girls’ rights here at home and abroad, and celebrate Day of the Girl on social media:

There was even an International Day of the Girl statement from Member of Parliament, Mylène Freeman. See more highlights from other Members of Parliament.


First Lady for Nairobi County adds her support for girls

First Lady for Nairobi County with Plan staff members.

“We have to give girls power to change their lives and fulfill their potential,” shared Susan Mboya-Kidero, First Lady for Nairobi County, who joined Plan Kenya staff members at a Day of the Girl dinner and concert to launch a special Because I am a Girl Africa Report. (via Facebook/Caroline Mutoko)

Youth speaker at Plan Kenya Day of the Girl event.

Hope, a youth representative at the Day of the Girl event, spoke out about girls’ rights: “I speak for a generation of girls who are voiceless. I am the face of the girl child in Kenya. I am an empowered girl.” (via Facebook/Caroline Mutoko)


Raised hands, colour dye and dancing

A flash mob of youth in the Philippines.

Joined by young people of all ages, Plan staff in the Philippines, led a flash mob in a special dance about girls’ rights.

Group of youth raising their hands.

Plan staff also organized a special colour dye event, where participants showed their support by dying themselves in pink AND raising their hands to show their support for girls’ education worldwide!


Adding a “kick” to the fight for girls’ rights

Girls playing soccer in Nepal.

Plan Nepal hosted the first ever Because I am a Girl soccer tournament, bringing together 12 teams of teenage girls from 12 different villages, to showcase the skill, talent and confidence of Nepali girls!


Putting an end to child marriage

Panel of people in support of ending child marriage.

In collaboration with the local state government, Plan India helped initiate a state-wide campaign to end early, forced and child marriage.


Taking the fight for girls’ rights to Congress

Teenage girls present at Congress in Colombia.

Girl ambassadors from different regions of the country took over Congress in Colombia. The girls told senators and representatives of the urgent need to promote gender equality in laws and policies.

Tell us what YOU did to celebrate Day of the Girl!

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