In 2012, the United Nations designated 11 October the International Day of the Girl Child to highlight and address the many challenges girls face globally, and to promote girls’ empowerment and human rights. To celebrate, 100 girls from Brisbane and south east Queensland high schools in years 10 and 11, participated in activities.

Girls had the chance to hear inspirational stories from young women and girls including those who have overcome adversity to follow their dreams and impact their communities. Speakers addressed issues challenging girls in today’s communities, and discussed their own plans for International Women’s Day in 2019. A highlight of the event was a speed mentoring session with leading Brisbane women which took place on the Wheel of Brisbane.

The event follows on from a successful Women of the World Festival held in Brisbane earlier this year as part of the Commonwealth Games cultural program with more than 5000 women in attendance. Women of the World is a global movement supporting women and girls, from sharing extraordinary female success stories and achievements to finding solutions to remove barriers that prevent them from realising their full potential.

Under the 2018 theme, With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, International Day of the Girl marked the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.

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