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International Day of the Girl 2022

This year for International Day of the Girl we are celebrating 10 years of seeing a fairer world to further girls’ rights.  

In Ireland, over the last ten years, we have seen significant changes, from a constitutional and policy point of view with a marriage and abortion referendum in the same decade, the development of laws to protect people online, tackling period poverty, and gender-based violence.

We have also witnessed cultural shifts, from the ‘Me Too’ movement to the first maternity leave of a sitting government minister.  We want to celebrate all the strides made toward girls’ rights.

However, we know that many issues still need to be addressed with regards to the challenges girls face globally. 

Want to be part of the conversation? This year there are plenty of ways to get involved!

Join an event

Celebrate with us ten years of progress on girls’ rights followed by a discussion on where we go from here. Speakers will include the Chair of Plan International Ireland, Conor Faughnan and Violet-Anne Wynne, TD as well as members of the Plan International Ireland Youth Advisory Panel.

When: 10 October 2022, 11am – 12pm

Where: In the Oak Room in the Mansion House, Dublin

Or join us at the Shine Festival on October 11th and 12th, an empowering event for the young women and girls of Ireland, featuring many, many speakers on topics such as self-esteem, resilience, career, arts, wellness, health sports, people, planet, and social issues. 

Learn more here.

Share your message

We would love to hear from you. We are looking for a short video, or a letter on what you would say to your future self.  

What do you want for yourself, your friends, family, and the broader community regarding equality and a better world for girls in the next ten years?  

Your message to your future self will be featured here on our website, and on our social media! 

Download the State of the World’s Girls Report

This year, Plan International’s State of the World’s Girls report is focused on girls’ and young women’s political participation. The overarching aim of this research is to explore and understand girls’ and young women’s attitudes towards, and experiences of, political and civic participation and institutions, across these many different backgrounds, looking both at where they differ and at what they have in common.

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