The United Nations have appointed October 11th as the “International Day of the Girl Child”. Worldwide there are about 67 million children who do not attend school, and more than half are girls who lack even the right to basic primary education. Often they are married-off under the age of 14 and left to take care of the household. Although girls and women run the households, they control only ten percent of world income.
The child relief organisation “PLAN” wants to draw the attention to these disadvantageous circumstances worldwide with an international action day. The idea for an international action day originated with the campaign “Because I am a Girl”. The campaign was started more than eight years ago by “Plan Germany” to draw the attention to the specific difficulties which afflict girls all over the world. The German Bundestag agreed to this “International Day of the Girl Child” on September 21st, 2011 and promised to support an installation at UN level. The action day on Oct. 11th is a first step in making this dream come true.