On Tuesday 11 October International Day of the Girl was celebrated around the world. We asked you to tell us what you did to mark the day. Here’s what you shared.
In the Philippines, 15-year-old Ghene wrote an open letter to President Duterte, asking him not to forget children who are subjected to violence, are working to provide for their family, who “hold guns in their hands instead of a pencil and paper”, or who become pregnant very young.
Girls and their families in Champaign, Illinois, took part in a day of activities, including art, music and discussions, to raise awareness of global issues affecting girls. The events aimed at empowering girls to choose the direction of their lives – and change the world.
Students from the International School of Geneva, along with women’s rights and education NGOs, held a flashmob dance in the city to celebrate and focus on investing in girls. The event was joined by passers-by and senior UN officials.
Some girls want to be a princess. Others want to be a #kickassprincess. The amazing B-Girl Terra marked the day proudly with her dance.
And in Syria, Girl Guides got involved with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ #TeamGirl campaign, completing badges so they can learn more about the sustainable development goals.