WHY WE CELEBRATE InterNational Day of the Girl

507 million women and girls worldwide cannot read and write.

The HerStory Campaign mobilizes people of all genders, from all corners of the world, to advocate for a girl’s right to share her story and change the world. By learning to read, write, and share stories, girls understand that their words have the power to create transformational change within their own community and at the international level.

The HerStory Campaign was created and is led by two nonprofit organizations, LitWorld and Global G.L.O.W., and works to amplify the powerful voices of women girls in their communities around the world. On October 11, 2017, the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl, we invite you to Stand Up and join our global community as we take action. Together we will illuminate the real stories and experiences of girls living in the world’s most profoundly challenging communities.

Across all HerStory Day of the Girl celebrations this year, we invite communities to stand alongside women and girls globally, to celebrate their strengths and to pledge to take action. By listening to girls’ own stories and acting on them, we can build a better world together.

Add Your Voice

Use our #DayoftheGirl Social Media Toolkit to take action with us! Add your voice and join us in amplifying girls’ stories and strengths to create positive, community-based change!

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Also, check out #HerStoryCampaign on your favorite social channels to stay up-to-date on strong stories from around the world for Day of the Girl!

Community Celebration packet

HerStory Day of the Girl celebrations allow communities to take action in solidarity with girls worldwide whose stories are often not heard. This year, we invite you to think about your strengths and reflect on how you can use your strengths to make a positive change for women and girls.

This community celebration packet will help you structure activities to create an atmosphere of community building, story sharing and empowerment.

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The Global HerStory Summit

The Global HerStory Summit (GHS) is a week-long annual conference held in New York City, in partnership with UN Women as part of the United Nations annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Global HerStory Summit brings HerStory Youth Ambassadors to New York City to share the power of girls’ stories.

Girls are selected to attend the Summit at the U.N. through a competitive application process to represent their communities at the five day Summit. Together as a network of powerful changemakers, the girls present the findings from the Summit to global leaders and ensure their voices are truly heard.

Stand Up For Girls

On International Day of the Girl, the HerStory Campaign mobilizes people of all genders, from all over the world, to advocate for a girl’s right to share her story. By learning to read, write, and share stories, girls understand that their words have the power to create transformational change at the community and international level.

On October 11th, communities around the world will host events to celebrate girls and raise awareness about the unique strengths and challenges girls face globally. We can all take action and Stand Up for Girls on this day, honoring the stories of girls and inspiring individuals, schools and communities worldwide to join us!