Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

International Day of the Girl Child

When: 11 October 2014
Where: Global

In recognition of the importance of investing in and empowering girls during adolescence and preventing and eliminating the various forms of violence they experience, the theme of International Day of the Girl Child for 2014 is "Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence".

Background

The International Day of the Girl Child was designated as 11 October by a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2011, to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential. The inaugural day in 2012 focused on the issue of ending child marriage, a fundamental human rights violation which impacts all aspects of a girl's life.

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