11 October has been a key global moment to celebrate the power of girls and highlight the barriers they face since the United Nations adopted it as International Day of the Girl in December 2011.
According to un.org, the world is home to more than 1.1 billion girls under age 18, who are poised to become the largest generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers the world has ever seen.
Did you know?
- Worldwide, nearly 1 in 4 girls aged 15–19 years is neither employed nor in education or training compared to 1 in 10 boys of the same age. By 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living on less than 20 NOK a day — including 47 million pushed into poverty as a result of COVID-19.
- 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence. Emerging data shows that since the outbreak of COVID-19, violence against women and girls (VAWG), and particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
- At least 60% of countries still discriminate against daughters’ rights to inherit land and non-land assets in either law or practice.
- The global #GirlsTakeover is a call to action for radical social and political change to tear down barriers of discrimination and prejudice that continue to hold girls back.
The Global Girls Takeover Day
Each year, hundreds of girls around the globe step into the roles of media, entertainment, business, and politics for a day to demand equal power, freedom, and representation for girls and young women.
Through the #GirlsTakeover, girls occupy spaces where they are rarely seen or heard and making it clear they have the right to be there without being silenced or ignored.
This year, we're joining Plan International's Girls Takeover Day
Equality Check has partnered with Plan International Norge. Together, they have invited various companies in Norway to join the Girls Takeover Campaign. Companies including Visma, KPMG, Coop, and Vipps will participate. Their participation includes having a young girl takeover as the leader of the company for a day. She will bring her unique insights while gaining experience as a leader.
The girl will present Equality Check findings to top management. She will offer suggestions on how the company can improve depending on their Equality Check results. If you think your workplace would like to join the Girls Takeover campaign, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Girls Takeover.
Ways to get involved
- Share stories of inspiring adolescent girls or girl-led organizations who are developing innovative solutions or leading efforts towards positive social change, including gender equality, in their communities and nations. Let’s amplify their leadership, actions, and impact to inspire others.
- Participate in a youth-led digital activation launching on International Day of the Girl. Young people across the world are developing a digital activism campaign, aiming to raise the diversity of girls’ voices and their vision for a reimagined future.
- Ask your manager to join the Girls Takeover day or send us an email at email@example.com with the subject: Girls Takeover to learn how to participate.