Plan lnternational Liberia joins its global family to celebrate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child
GIRL CHILD, (lDG) with Girls Takeover events planned from 5 to 10 0ctober, 2018 in Monrovia and
Counties of the Plan international Liberia’s interventions. Under the theme “With her, a skilled girl force.”
More than 100 girls have been mobilized to form part of the celebration which will include girls’ advocacy on issues affecting them via national radios, community outreach, a learning session, and actual takeover of seats on October 9,2018, at selected offices of GOL ministries, NGOs, and business establishments in and out of Monrovia as leaders in decision making for a day.
Girls Takeover provides opportunities for girls to gain a deeper understanding of leadership work, building
enthusiasm and understanding of a particular working environment, while providing a platform to be
heard. The exercise also aims to inspire girls for leadership roles in the political economy, and social spaces,
and to highlight issues around girls’ right to learn, lead, decide, and thrive. During the takeover
exercises, the girls are expected to engage influential and high-level decision-makers including the general public on issues relating to girls’ rights, and at the same time distribute flyers, banners, and posters with messages around girls’ issues.
Plan lnternational Liberia, as a developmental partner joined and supported the Government of Liberia in
celebrating all lDGs in the past through technical and material support to ensure the successful celebration of the IDG in Liberia.
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 65/170 declaring
October 1 of each year as “International Day of the Girl Child (lDG)”. Some major reasons for the
establishment of the day are: to promote girls’ human rights, highlight gender inequalities that remain
between girls and boys and address the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around
the world. The observance of IDG in Liberia has been marked by awareness raising and engagement of
stakeholders on the importance of involving girls in programs and policies at all levels.