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International girls day 2021

International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated today (Monday 11 October).

UN agencies, civil societies and girls around the world will be joining to call for equality.

While we still live in a society where girls have fewer opportunities than boys, days like today hold a lot of weight in pushing for change.

According to the UN, nearly 1 in 4 girls aged 15–19 globally are not in education, employment or training, compared to 1 in 10 boys.

UN Women has said on its website girls are a "fundamental source of transformational change for gender equality, and technology is a crucial tool to support their work, activism and leadership".

What is International Day of the Girl Child?

Day of the Girl Child is an occasion observed internationally to raise awareness of the obstacles that girls worldwide face and celebrate and reinforce their achievements.

What's the 2021 theme?

The 2021 theme is: 'Digital generation. Our generation.' This theme is a call for equal access to the internet for girls as well as digital devices. It also supports targeted investments to facilitate opportunities for girls to safely and meaningfully access, use, design and lead technology.

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