Research has shown that simply being born a girl can leave a child at a huge disadvantage in life.
In the poorest societies a girl faces greater risk of malnutrition, hunger and disease compared to her brothers. She will have fewer opportunities for an education and career. In many developing countries 1 out of 7 girls marries before age 15. (Text taken from Plan UK website.) It is in order to highlight these issues that the UN General Assembly voted to declare 11 October every year International Day of the Girl Child.
The international charity Plan was instrumental in getting this UN Day to be officially recognised, partly through its global campaign called Because I Am A Girl.
Read more about this, and about their resources for schools, on our blog post about the first ever International Day of the Girl. You can also find further background information and resources on the UN International Day of the Girl Child website.
You could use the opportunity of this day to teach a World’s Largest Lesson about the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on gender. Visit the World's Largest Lesson website for ideas and inspiration.