International Day of the Girl, Virtual Events for 2021

Day of the Girl LogoInternational Day of the Girl is October 11, 2021
This year's theme is "Digital generation. Our generation." While the pandemic has accelerated digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting, some 2.2 billion people below the age of 25 still do not have internet access at home.
 
Girls are more likely to be cut off. The gender gap for global internet users grew from 11% in 2013 to 17% in 2019. In the world’s least developed countries, it hovers around 43%. Girls are also less likely than boys to use and own devices, and gain access to tech-related skills and jobs. Only by addressing the inequity and exclusion that span geographies and generations can we usher in a digital revolution for all, with all.
 
Get involved and share stories, blogs and videos of inspiring girls who are tech trailblazers in their own right and amplify commitments by the Generation Equality Forum and others to address the gender digital divide.
 
Join a Global Virtual Event Celebrating International Day of the Girl
 
Girls Speak Out Closing the Digital Divide to Accelerate Opportunity
Online: October 11, 2021, 10:00 AM Eastern / 4:00 PM CAT / 7:30 PM IST
A Girl-led round-table discussion with UN Representatives and Partners. Girls will share how they are impacted by the digital divide and engage in meaningful dialogues around existing innovative solutions and additional resources they need to be able to fully engage in an ever-increasingly digital-dependent world. Register.
 
Girls Breaking the Digital Divide in South Asia
Online, October 11, 2021, 10:30 AM Nepal Time (GMT+5:45)
Community of Action partners will speak about their experiences and challenges that they faced during the pandemic. This will be followed by a session on sharing best practices. The event will also launch a regional hour of code resource page in collaboration with ITU and Code.org so girls and boys around the region can learn how to code and access unplugged materials on coding. Register.
 
Step outside the gender box: learning free from stereotypes
Online, October 11, 2021, 10:00 AM Eastern
The UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) is launching a new digital campaign, calling for education that is free from gender stereotypes. This campaign will make the case for shifting gender stereotypes in education plans, policies, textbooks and curricula, in order to reduce inequalities in education and achieve gender justice more broadly. Register.
 
"Here's what I think..." An audience with the girls of the Girls' Education Challenge
Online, October 11, 2021, 8:30 AM Eastern / 13:30 (BST)
A live event where girls will share their views and experiences on the importance, and challenges, of girls’ education. Participants will hear from girls directly on the obstacles they have faced in accessing education, particularly during COVID-19, the ways these obstacles have been tackled, their aspirations and hopes for the future. They will also share their messages to global leaders on ensuring education for all girls. Register.
 
Girls Take the LEAD: A High-Level Event in Celebration of International Day of the Girl
Online, October 12, 2021, 4:00 PM Eastern
Members of Congress and girl advocates from Venezuela, Indonesia, and the U.S. will share remarks on how girls’ engagement in decision-making processes can help advance gender equality, build more resilient communities, and strengthen inclusive democracies around the globe. The event will underscore the importance of the Girls LEAD Act, a US foreign assistance bill which highlights girls’ leadership potential and aims to increase girls’ civic participation worldwide. Register.