Gender inequality is so deeply pervasive in our society and political system - from schools to public transport, from TV to social media – that every day is just another day millions of girls around the world are treated as somehow less, often with prejudice and discrimination. 

It’s time we really listened to what girls have to say about this. 

That’s why Plan International Australia commissioned a survey of 1,742 Australian girls aged 10 to 17 years old to gain rare insight into how this group experiences their world. 

We wanted to know where they feel inequality most profoundly. And hear about their aspirations and hopes for the future, as well as the things that are getting in the way of them living a rich and fulfilling life. 

Find out what they had to say by reading the report:

Download the report


What is International Day of the Girl?

International Day of the Girl (IDG) is held on the 11th of October. It is a day where we recognize the struggles faced by girls around the world – and raise awareness for new ways in which we can make our communities a safer and more equal place for young women.

How was IDG created?

International Day of the Girl Child began as a project of Plan International. Plan International is a non-government charity, which fights for the rights of children around the world, particularly girls.

Plan International felt it was important to have an entire day to celebrate and bring to light how girls experience inequality.

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly voted to pass a resolution adopting October 11, 2012 as the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child.

Why is it important?

IDG aims to shine a light on the injustices happening to girls every day, as these struggles are often unseen and unheard.

Some of these struggles include child marriage, sex trafficking, gender based violence and the denial of other basic human rights for girls. On the 11th of October, we can talk about how we can all contribute to improving equality for girls in our hometowns and abroad.

What are the statistics?

  • 15 million girls under the age of 18 are married each year.
  • Pregnancy is one of the biggest killers of girls aged 15-19.
  • Women aged 15-45 are more likely to be maimed or die from gender based violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.
  • In many places, girls and young women cannot vote, cannot inherit land and don’t have access to justice. Fighting for the rights of girls is central to overcoming poverty and discrimination for all.

How can I be part of IDG?

There are lots of ways to contribute to IDG. It could be as small as having a discussion with your friends and family about the issues girls face in your community, or getting involved with an organisation that is working towards equality for girls. International Day of the Girl is all about our community coming together to support girls – which could be in your school, workplace or other groups that you are a part of. 

We all have a role to play in creating an equal world.