Girls Takeover on International Day of the Girl

On 11th October each year the world celebrate UN International Day of the Girl Child and the incredible power of girls everywhere.

Plan International works with girls to amplify their voices by staging girl “takeovers” in a mighty display of girls’ empowerment and leadership potential on this day.

#GirlsTakeover is a call to action for social and political revolution to tear down the barriers that continue to hold girls back. Hundreds of #GirlsTakeover events are being held in more than 70 countries to mark International Day of the Girl Child 2019, with girls raising their voice against the discrimination, harassment, and inequalities that hold them back.

From Dublin to Dhaka, girls are taking over the positions of political leaders, public representatives, media leads, ambassadors, business leaders, CEOs, and more for a day to demand equality.

Through the #GirlsTakeover, girls occupy spaces where they are rarely seen or heard and make it clear that they have the right to be there without being silenced or ignored.

In Dublin, young people from our Youth Advisory Panel will join this global action by taking over spaces in politics, finance and STEM – areas where women are traditionally underrepresented.

Aoife Dunne, who is at secondary school in Co Laois, Sadbh McCarrick of UCD, Emily O’Donovan of DCU, and Grace, who is at secondary school in Co Meath will meet leaders in positions of power to engage on key issues that affect girls around the world.

The young women will find themselves taking over from the Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe, Joe Duffy, CEO of BNY Mellon Bank, Tara McMorrow, Associate Dean of Science at UCD and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Emily O’Donovan took over from the Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe.

Participating CEOs, politicians and academics are using their power to demonstrate what’s possible if we break down gender stereotypes and work to create a world where every girl can realise her potential.

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