A global coalition of organisations, supported by the Canadian government, led the call for an International Day of the Girl Child, to recognise the unique position of girls who are discriminated against simply for being young and female. The United Nations adopted it as International Day of the Girl in December 2011.  It has been recognised on the 11th of October every year since.

Our genderized and binary societies have created huge chasms of disadvantage for girls all over the world. Girls continue to be routinely undermined, undervalued and underestimated. It is generally agreed that raising awareness alone won’t end cycles of violence and disadvantage for girls.  It is essential that girls are given the access, tools, resources and skills to direct the course of their own lives without fear of retribution.

In the UK areas of concern for girls has been the sharp increase in street harassment, the normalisation of sexual harassment, the increase in period poverty and the reduction in social support services, especially around mental health.