International Day of the Girl 2019

Every year on October 11th, the world is called to recognise the unique challenges that girls face globally and their enormous potential to bring about change.

As the charity for girls’ equality, Plan International played a significant role in the United Nations introduction of International Day of the Girl – the day was born from our campaign to see girls on the global agenda.

This year for International Day of the Girl, we’re asking you to show your support by pledging to Give Equal, so that girls can get equal. Because a better now for her means a better future for everyone.

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She Has a Plan

Over the past year we’ve seen girls around the globe rising up and leading movements for change. They’re tackling gender inequality and fighting for climate action, and as the leading international charity for girls’ equality, we’re working with them to build a better world.

In our latest research, we asked 1461 girls and young women around Australia to share their hopes, dreams and concerns for the future, along with the people who inspire them the most.

We found that they are overwhelmingly eager to lead change on the big social issues facing their generation (91% expressed this desire) and they look up to fierce, determined and unapologetic female leaders for inspiration.

She Has a Plan Report

She Has a Plan: the unique power of girls to lead change

To celebrate the power and potential of girls, we’re sharing these findings in a special International Day of the Girl report - Read the full report here.


“It may be International Day of the Girl today but in reality, 2019, has actually been the year of the girl. For every Greta and every Malala, there are hundreds of fearless girl activists across the globe doing extraordinary work every day to combat child marriage, child trafficking, teen pregnancy and violence.”

- Susanne Legena, CEO, Plan International Australia


Want to help girls get equal? Then give equal!

This year millions of people around the world are celebrating International Day of the Girl and we have a simple and impactful way for you to join them and show your support!

This October and November, our Give Equal campaign allows you to show the world how important International Day of the Girl is to you, while raising funds for projects that make the world a more equal place for girls.

All you need to do is donate the amount you spend for one month on an everyday nicety, like yoga classes or daily coffees, and you’ll help provide girls with everyday necessities, like access to education and sanitation.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

STEP 1 Choose what you’re giving equal to.

STEP 2 Head to and sign up!

STEP 3 Nominate two friends to sign up too.

See? Easy!

And the best part – it's not about giving up, it's about giving equal. So you can still enjoy your nicety, knowing that girls around the world are better off because of it. We bet your soy latte never tasted so good!

“Our latest report clearly shows that girls want to lead. Unfortunately not every girl gets that chance. That’s why it’s so important people get on board with our Give Equal campaign, which will directly fund programs that lift girls out of poverty so they can realise their potential and pursue their dreams.”

- Susanne Legena, CEO, Plan International Australia


What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

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Girls Takeover

Every year on International Day of the Girl we place girls and young women in prominent positions around the world – in companies, governments and institutions – to make a powerful statement about equal representation.

This month, we placed more than 1000 girls and young women around the world in media organisations, calling for them to demonstrate their commitment to female representation by pledging to actively seek comment from girls and young women, particularly marginalised communities.

Here in Australia, a number of major Australian media outlets pledged to amplify the voices of girls and young women, inviting our Youth Activists into their offices and teams and running female-centric content for International Day of the Girl. Find out what they got up to!


Youth Activists Ope and Meg were invited to act as guest editors of The Age’s opinion page for International Day of the Girl, planning and commissioning pieces from young women and girls.

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