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My voice, our equal future: International Day of the Girl 2020
NEW YORK, 11 July 2020 This week UNICEF announced the theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG): My Voice, Our Equal Future. A key moment for advocacy with and for girls, IDG 2020 presents an opportunity to reimagine a world shaped by the voice, vision and solutions of adolescent girls to drive progress towards a gender equal world.
As we commemorate 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the global agenda for advancing the rights and empowerment of women and girls, everywhere - we are also invigorated by the launch of the multi-year, multi-partner campaign and movement for bold action on gender equality, Generation Equality. The needs and opportunities of adolescent girls and their solutions and actions are central to the movement.
In March, UNICEF launched A New Era for Girls: Taking stock of 25 years of progress, a joint report with Plan International and UN Women that reviews progress for girls, and lack of, over the last 25 years. Progress for adolescent girls specifically has not kept pace with the realities they face today, and COVID-19 has reinforced many of these gaps.
Let’s seize the opportunity to reimagine a better world inspired by adolescent girls – energized and recognized, counted and invested in.
Theme: My voice, our equal future
International Day of the Girl (IDG) 2020- 11 October - is a key activation moment for all of us to raise up the diverse range of adolescent girls’ voices and actions for an equal future. Under the theme, My Voice, Our Equal Future, IDG 2020 will focus on reimagining a world shaped by adolescent girls’ voice, vision and solutions to:
- live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, HIV/AIDS
- learn new skills toward the futures they chose
- lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change
Want to get involved? Here are just some of the ways you can join advocacy efforts this International Day of the Girl:
Share stories of inspiring adolescent girls, groups of girls, girl-led organizations who are developing innovative solutions or leading efforts toward positive social change including gender equality in their communities and nations. Let’s collectively amplify their leadership, actions and impact to inspire others.
Participate in a youth-led digital activation. Youth are developing a digital activism campaign on TikTok aiming to raise the diversity of girls’ voices and vision of a reimagined future. Stay tuned for information in September of how to get involved in the challenge and spread the activation among your networks.
Use the IDG 2020 communications toolkit to be shared in September to advocate shared key messages, raise awareness and demand actions from stakeholders and decision-makers.