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In 2011, a UN resolution was passed declaring October 11 the International Day of the Girl Child! Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

“On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.”

“Girls face discrimination and violence every day across the world. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.”

This year’s theme is focused on “Innovating for Girls’ Education.”

Watch as street artist 2:12 brings stories of courage to life for the International Day of the Girl. And Girl Rising has some simple actions you can take to support this important day.