International Day of the Girl 2020

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See what we have planned for International Day of the Girl 2020.

Girls' Freedom Online Event

Make sure to join us for our event on Thursday the 8th of October as we launch research highlighting the scale of violence facing girls online, and delve into the issue with some amazing speakers.

We will kick at 10.30am off by launching the global ‘Free To Be Online?’ report with 14,000 girls across multiple continents, which will be supplemented by research carried out in Ireland with 457 girls and young women.

Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Colm Brophy, will open proceedings.

Report Launch 

Plan International Ambassador, Laura Whitmore, will present the findings from both the Irish and global research. Our Chair, Conor Faughnan will speak some more about our work to counter gender based violence and the issue of Girls’ Freedom Online, before Anne Marie McCarthy and Manre Chirtau based in Nigeria with Plan International, will wrap up this section with insights from the Lake Chad region. 

Panel Discussion

Following the report launch, our Ambassador, Diana Bunici, will discuss how girls and young women navigate online abuse and harassment and how social media can be used for self-expression and community-building. 

Diana will be joined by journalist Aoife Moore, DJ and broadcaster Tara Stewart, and member of Plan International Ireland’s Youth Advisory Panel, Amy Keane. 

You can still register for the event here 👇

Other events


Marissa Carter in Guinea Bissau with Sona on her trip with Plan International in 2018.

Join us on Friday the 9th of October over on Instagram as Marissa Carter hosts an Instagram Live chat at 11am with Youth Advisory Panel member, Amy!

Plan Supporter Chupi

On Sunday the 11th of October, International Day of the Girl, Chupi’s Instagram account will be taken over by content developed by our Youth Advisory Panel (YAP). Check it out over on Chupi’s page @chupisweetman.

The Body Shop’s Instagram account will also feature content from our youth on the day. Follow @thebodyshop for more!

Girls Takeovers

On Monday the 5th of October, Minister for Children, Disability, Equality Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman hosted a Girls Takeover with YAP member Jessica, where they also discussed the issue of Girls’ Freedom Online. 

On the 8th of October, YAP member Aoife, will take over the role of the CEO of The Shona Project, Tammy Darcy, for the day! Follow the action over at @shonadotie. 

On Monday the 12th, YAP members from Ireland and Sierra Leone will take part in a Girls Takeover event with Irish Aid. 

Watch this space for other events to be announced, including an upcoming meeting with Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu!