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"My voice, our equal future"

Twenty-five years ago, some 30,000 women and men from nearly 200 countries arrived in Beijing, China, for the Fourth World Conference on Women, determined to recognize women's rights as human rights. The conference culminated in the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: the most comprehensive policy agenda for gender equality.

In the years following, women pressed this agenda forward, leading global movements on issues ranging from sexual and reproductive health rights to equal pay.

Today, these movements have expanded. They are being organized by and for adolescent girls – girls from all walks of life who are boldly demanding action against discrimination, violence and poor learning opportunities. 

My voice, our equal future

Every year on 11 October, the International Day of the Girl, UNICEF launches an annual campaign with girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights. This year, under the theme, “My voice, our equal future”, let’s seize the opportunity to reimagine a better world inspired by adolescent girls – energized and recognized, counted and invested in.

As adolescent girls worldwide assert their power as change-makers, International Day of the Girl 2020 will focus on their demands to: 

Live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS  

Learn new skills towards the futures they choose  

Lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change

Ways to get involved

Share stories of inspiring adolescent girls or girl-led organizations who are developing innovative solutions or leading efforts towards positive social change, including gender equality, in their communities and nations. Let’s amplify their leadership, actions and impact to inspire others. 

Participate in a youth-led digital activation launching on International Day of the Girl. Young people across the world are developing a digital activism campaign, aiming to raise the diversity of girls’ voices and their vision for a reimagined future. 

A platform for action

The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls. Now, nearly 25 years later, the Platform for Action remains a powerful foundation for assessing progress on gender equality. It calls for a world where every girl and woman can realize all her rights, such as to live free from violence, to attend and complete school, to choose when and whom she marries, and to earn equal pay for equal work. 

The Platform for Action specifically calls on the global community to: 

Eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls.  

Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.  

Promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and potential.  

Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training.  

Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.  

Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work.  

Eradicate violence against girls.  

Promote girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life.  

Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of girls.