International Day of the Girl | October 11

Established by the UN in 2012 to bring awareness to the needs of the 1.1 billion girls in the world. These needs include the right to education, nutrition, legal rights, and medical care; and protection from discrimination, violence and child marriage. The day also aims to promote their empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

The theme for 2023's “Day of the Girl Child” is “Digital generation. Our generation.” It provides a platform for the global community to understand the disadvantages girls face online. 2.2 billion people under the age of 25 do not have internet access, with the majority being girls. 


Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for International Day of the Girl Child. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.

Short films about remarkable heroes who devote their lives to making things better for young girls

UKWATI // The Wedding

By: Watts of Love
“UKWATI” captures the relationship between a mother and her daughter as they both struggle to survive.

OutSwing [Trailer]

By: Samar Minallah Khan
On the outskirts of Islamabad, a committed coach teaches a team of unlikely players, their families, and a community how playing Cricket can change lives.


Produced by:Cheikh Seck (Mentor)
A film about Oumy, a junior high student from Dakar, Senegal. Oumy speaks about her pursuit of education and the hardships that women in her country face.

Educate Girls

Produced by:Skoll Foundation

In India, Educate Girls is working to make education more accessible to girls by partnering with public schools, training local champions for girls’ education.

He Named Me Malala - Official Trailer

Produced by:Laurie MacDonald
HE NAMED ME MALALA is a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.
I'll take it from here... Because I'm a Girl
Producer: Raj Yagnik, Shona Hamilton

One in three girls around the world is denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, conflict or discrimination.

Ten Thousand Girls

Producer: Adams Sie
Mrs. Viola Vaughn runs "10,000 Girls," a project in Senegal, Africa, which aims to help girls in education and vocational training.

A poem in honor of International Day of the Girl by a 5th grade student

The Exquisite Pearls

By: Madhulika Manoharan

This poem is penned on the occasion of International Girls Day and it is a dedication to all the girls in the world.

The following stories feature women helping other women and girls.

Pashtana Durrani

By: Deborah Neff
Pashtana Durrani, who received the Malala Fund Education Champion award for her work on behalf of education for Afghan girls, is determined to continue providing educational opportunities for women and girls, even if she has to resist the Taliban and go underground.

Armene Modi

By: Amanda Molinaro

Armene Modi provides bicycles to girls in rural Indian villages so they can continue their education.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni

By: Wendy Jewell
Hazviperi Betty Makoni founded the Girl Child Network to transform lives.

Emma Watson

By: Maryn Imus
Emma Watson is an English actress who created the HeForShe campaign, which encourages both men and women to fight for gender equality.

Stories about Girl Empowerment for Younger Readers - by Younger Readers

Malala Yousafzai

By: Avery

Malala Yousafzai is a young Pakastani activist for girls' education who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Listen & Read Along

Erica Fernandez

By: Daniel Chavez
Erica Fernandez gave a voice to the voiceless and saved her neighborhood.

Girls from around the globe honor their positive role models through Art

Save the Girl Child

By: Sathya Raja

A provocative reminder of the importance of girls

Who Run The World? Girls.

By: Kelsey Ghantous

A fun representation of girl power


By: Sophia Schaefer, Boys & Girls Club, LB
Malala, Advocate for Global Girls Education

Emma Gonzalez

By: Madeline Chu, Boys & Girls Club, LB

Emma Gonzalez, Spokesperson for March For Our Lives

Tyra Hemans

By: Mariam Tehari, Boys & Girls Club, LB

Tyra Hemans, Advocate for The March For Our Lives


Malala Fund

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Malala Yousafzai

By: Becky Miller
A showcase of MY HERO multimedia celebrating the courage of Nobel Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai.

Organizer created on 8/18/2013 8:37:50 AM by Becky Miller

Last edited 10/9/2023 9:48:00 AM by Abigail Richardson