International Girl’s Day

Join Our 2021 International Day of the Girl Campaign!

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl, to recognise the unique challenges girls face around the world.

Despite progress, a child without an education is still much more likely to be a girl than a boy.

Nothing has as much impact on a child’s well-being as their mother’s level of education. Educating vulnerable girls not only impacts her life, it breaks the poverty cycle of vulnerability for their daughters.

The UN theme for 2021 is:
'My Voice, Our Equal Future'

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Educated girls are less likely to be trafficked.

Educated women are less likely to die in childbirth.

A mothers’ education level impacts their children’s nutrition.

Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to be child brides.

Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to have children at an early age.

Educated women are more likely to know that they are valuable and have worth.

Educated women are more likely to find work.

Educated women are more likely to earn a higher income.

Educated girls are healthier.


A girl’s education has a huge impact on all of society. We can do substantially more to help vulnerable girls receive an education. Over 6,000 girls in our schools are currently unsponsored.

This International Day of the Girl, we invite students, classes and youth groups to raise funds to support our unsponsored girls.
$33 supports one girl for one month; every $396 educates a girl for an entire year, including nutrition, health care, sports and the arts.

“On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit
to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential.”
– UN Secretary-General António Guterres

IGD Toolkit

Contact us to receive our International Girl’s Day Toolkit for ideas and tips to run a successful event.

Follow DFN on Facebook where we will be profiling the needs, posting stories, and sharing about the creative ways people are partnering with us this year!


What can you do?

Sponsor a specific girl from our website ($40 per month), or help raise funds for unsponsored girls ($33 per month):

  • Mufti day at school

  • Host a morning tea

  • Run a fundraiser using Facebook Fundraisers

  • Organise a fun run or marathon

  • Pledge your birthday – ask people to donate instead of a gift

  • Dye your hair – highest bidder decides the colour!

  • Organise a PJ Day

  • Host an Art Exhibition or Market

  • Hold a fashion show or ladies’ night

  • Clothes Swap

  • Sausage Sizzle

  • Host a movie night – highest bidder decides the movie

We Need your Support

These girls have the odds stacked against them from birth, but an education can transform their future. Access to education does more than give a girl the chance to learn and grow–it unlocks the door to freedom and provides an opportunity to pursue their dreams.