Celebrating International Day of the Girl 2020
Every year on 11 October, Girls Not Brides member organisations join the global celebration of International Day of the Girl (IDG). We stand with thousands around the world to hold world leaders to account for their commitments to girls’ rights – including addressing child marriage – and to ensure that all girls can chose their own equal future.
This year, the celebrations took on a new meaning, as lockdowns and restrictions continue to disproportionately impact girls. COVID-19’s shadow pandemic has exposed the increased cases of domestic violence, increased household responsibility and lack of access to learning and personal support that women and girls from marginalised communities face, and are at risk of now more than ever.
Many lockdown measures have also meant that girls continue to be impacted the most by the lack of direct access to support, sexual and reproductive health and rights services, and education. Organisations based within these communities have had to either pause or adjust their ways of working.
— Girls Not Brides (@GirlsNotBrides) October 7, 2020
We cannot achieve an equal future without efforts to #endchildmarriage.
— Girls Not Brides (@GirlsNotBrides) October 8, 2020
This year, under the official theme, “My voice, our equal future,” thousands of civil society organisations, activists, girls and supporters came together in digital and physical spaces to celebrate the importance of girls, and their right to choose their own future. As equals.
Girls should live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS. They should be able to learn new skills for the future they choose. They should lead in their own rights as a generation of activists accelerating social change.
When girls stay in school and out of #childmarriage, they gain the skills they need to support themselves & build their own future.
— Girls Not Brides (@GirlsNotBrides) October 9, 2020
Girls everywhere are already changing the world.
This #DayOfTheGirl give a shout out or write a letter to a girl who inspires you: a young leader, a family member, an influencer, your best friend or even yourself as a teen! @voicesofyouth #GenerationEquality pic.twitter.com/7t9F8kN9Ge
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) October 8, 2020
Member activities to celebrate the day
Here are just four ways Girls Not Brides member organisations demanded a better future for girls this IDG:
Benin: organised a youth-led online campaign to amplify girls’ voices and profile solutions, girl leadership and inter-generational dialogue – all whilst bringing together girls and decision makers in one space.
— Girls Not Brides (@GirlsNotBrides) October 10, 2020
To celebrate this year's #DayoftheGirl, we dedicate this week to raising girls' voices in decision-making spaces.
— Girls Not Brides (@GirlsNotBrides) October 11, 2020
Ghana: created a mentorship programme for adolescent girls – a Young Female Reporters Training session for 300 girls to build their social media engagement and digital advocacy skills.
West Bengal: a week-long campaign hosting dialogues between girls affected by child marriage and carers/parents. These conversations were shaped around social and gender norms, and stories were captured for awareness raising and girl-led participatory social media campaigns involving boys.
Knowledge is power! This Sunday on #DayoftheGirl lets commit to gaining a deeper understanding of the important role girls play in their own future and the future of our world. #IDG2020 https://t.co/m05O5QgcRr pic.twitter.com/cjSi1rcYDa
— The Hunger Project (@HungerProject) October 9, 2020
To celebrate this year's #DayoftheGirl, SERAC-Bangladesh arranged an online campaign with participation from girls from different communities who raised their voices to be included in decision-making spaces.@UN_Women@amplifyfund@GirlsNotBrides@SERAC_BD @AsiaPacAlliance pic.twitter.com/3t7X9bV1in
— Shahina Yasmin (@shahina_happy) October 11, 2020
Uttar Pradesh: organised a Girl Icon Leadership Summit with girls, and used advocacy platforms to amplify girls’ voices and encourage inter-sectional dialogues between sector and girl leaders.
Now we push on!
This year’s IDG theme pushed the urgency for girls’ voices to be at the forefront of conversations, and for girls to be listened to in order to create an equal future. To amplify their voices and stand up for their rights, and to reimagine a better world inspired by adolescent girls worldwide and assert their power as change-makers.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) October 6, 2020
It was an opportunity to boldly raise further awareness about the links between ending child marriage and a better, equal future for all girls, a future which Girls Not Brides member organisations will continue to drive forward. Together, we can.
— Sonita Alizadeh (@SonitaAlizadeh) October 12, 2020