International Day of the Girl

11 October

International Day of the Girl is a day to celebrate the power of girls and highlight the barriers they face. An initiative of Plan International, it was adopted by the United Nations in 2011.


In 2023, we asked Australians to take action and help us beat the gender equality clock on Giving Day. It was a day to take a stand, to raise our voice, to empower all girls.

The World Economic Forum estimate it will take 131 years before we achieve gender equality. We say that’s far too long.

We can’t ignore the fact that millions of girls are still denied an education, that girls will be forced into child marriage, that abuse continues to invade the lives of girls globally.

Girls here at home and abroad need their voice heard, their needs recognised, and their rights protected – no matter what!

How you can help

Learn more about the 131 year gender equality gap and what you can do to help. You can also support our work by buying our Beat the Clock Gift of Hope.

With your support, we can empower more girls globally, giving them access to education, opportunities, and a brighter, more equitable future.

Advancing equality in our lifetime

Why Gender Equality?

Gender equality is a core human right that affects all people. When a society strives towards gender equality, it creates the conditions for all people to thrive as they access equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities.

Ultimately, gender equality is a precondition to sustainable development, peace and security. Countries with higher levels of gender equality, have higher rates of good health, are more prosperous and safer.

Advances in gender equality can provide opportunities that were previously only enjoyed by men, it can drive changes in consent, make public and private spaces safer and create more respectful learning and work environments.

Will you stand with us, and with girls around the world?

Join the movement fighting for girl’s rights

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Our research

Girl, Interrupted – 10 years of girls’ rights in Australia

The progress, the setbacks and how to accelerate equality for all. Read the report.

The State of the World’s Girls 2023

Turning the World Around – girls and young women activists leading the fight for equality. Read the report.

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