On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11
as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. The theme for the Day of the Girl in 2017 is ‘EMPOWER girls: emergency response and resilience planning’.
On this day, research findings from phase 1 of the Global Early Adolescent Study will be launched at an event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN, WHO and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). This study, the first ever international study to explore gender norms and health sexuality in young adolescents, highlights why building equitable gender norms in children and young adolescents matters for their own health and wellbeing