International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl

The United Nations has declared October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child.

Canada led the international community in adopting this day, along with the support of Plan Canada. This day makes a difference in the lives of girls and young women as citizens and as powerful voices of change in their families, their communities and their nations.

In addition, the Government of Canada has made it a priority to improve the health of mothers, newborns and children in developing countries and to reduce the number of preventable deaths.



A thin bar of sky blue appears at the top of the poster. Under this, a stylized figure of a girl appears in bright pink at the top left of the page. The background behind the figure is white and is watermarked with a pattern formed of rows of the same, stylized figure.  On the right, the words “Strong Girls Strong World” appear in different coloured text – blue, pink, blue and green. The bottom of the page is green and resembles a grassy hill. There is a streak of blue arcing across the top of the hill. Underneath, the following words appear in rows of white text: “International Day of the Girl; October 11”.  At the bottom of the page the Twitter symbol and a small outline of a computer appear, framed between two white, horizontal lines, along with the following text in white: “#dayofthegirl;”.

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Learn more about Canada’s leadership on maternal, newborn and child health.


Stories of Girls Making a Difference

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