On the International Day of the Girl, October 11th, more than 1,000 girls in over 70 countries will take over the roles of leaders and influencers in a global display of their power and potential. There will be over 1,000 take-overs staged globally this year.
Across the world, girls will step into the shoes of presidents, mayors, , business leaders and more to show that girls should be free to dream and free to lead.
Here in Ireland, young women on our Youth Advisory Panel will stage three take-overs including; Art O’Leary, the Secretary General to the President of Ireland, Selena Cartmell, the Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and Paul Henderson, the CEO of DMG Media Ireland.
Even today, across the world, one girl every two seconds is forced to marry before the age of 18. More than one in ten girls have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives. So these young women will urge leaders to tear down the barriers that stand in the way of girls realising their rights, because everyone has a role to play in closing the gap between what girls are capable of – and what they are allowed to be.