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Happy International Day of the Girl!

Each year, the United Nations acknowledges the incredible power and promise of girls around the world as well as highlighting some of the most pressing challenges girls face around the globe.

This year’s theme was published on the UN Women website and calls for the world to: “EmPower Girls: Before, During and After Conflict.”

We invite you to consider this year’s theme and to think about how you might engage a young person in your life to explore this important topic with you.

Here are some helpful suggestions and activities to get you started! We recommend previewing all materials before sharing with a younger audience. 

Thank You for All That You Do! 


Educate yourself and others in your community about International Day of the Girl with these helpful reading materials from the United Nations!


For Educators and Students: Explore a dynamic collection of lesson plans, stories and activities that focus on gender and the lives of young women around the world offered through the World Wise Schools Program!


For Younger Adults/Children



Here are some films to spark conversation and learn more about the challenges girls can face around the world.  



Attend: Consider attending a local event or key note speaker or panel in your community that is speaking about the current status of girls in the world.

Volunteer: Find an organization that supports women and girls in your community. Explore how you can volunteer and give of your time!


Share Your Experiences: If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and would like to share your experiences working with young women and youth in your community during your service, consider signing up to join the Speaker’s Match program offered through Peace Corps World Wise Schools!


Invite: Interested to have a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer connect with your school or community group to talk about their work supporting young women around the world? No problem! Sign up to participate in the Global Connections program!