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#GirlsTakeover on International Day of the Girl Child

  • Published at 02:33 pm October 6th, 2019
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Girls stepping up globally into the leading powerful positions to demand equality, freedom, and power for girls and young women.

Over 1000 #GirlsTakeover were 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 El Salvador to Bangladesh, girls took over the positions of the political leaders, public representatives, media leads, ambassadors, business leaders, CEOs, and more for a day to demand equality. This global action by Plan International was a call for a social and political revolution to tear down the barriers that continue to hold girls back.

On the global level, Plan International Bangladesh facilitated 10 #GirlsTakeOver events on the international, national, and local levels. The Chief Advisor (Deputy Speaker) of Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights, Chairman of the Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights, Ambassador of the Embassy of Sweden, Editor of the Prothom Alo, Editor of the Daily Star, Chairman of Adcomm, Head of News of ATN News and the CEO of Grameen Phone are the leading national influential and powerful positions that were “taken over” within October 1 - October 10.

They have committed to creating a new world where girls and young women are seen, heard, and valued as equals to boys and men. At the local level, the Mayor of Barishal City Corporation and Chairman of Kurigram Zilla Parishad also agreed upon their positions being taken over by the nominated girls from communities. At the international level, Plan International Bangladesh facilitated to take over the position of the Crown Princess of Denmark on October 10, 2019.

Ayesha Siddika, Ambassador of the Embassy of Sweden in Bangladesh said, “If given equal opportunities, girls can achieve as much as boys”.

The global #GirlsTakeover action has been organised as part of Plan International’s bold new campaign ‘Girls Get Equal’ calling for increased investment in girls’ power, activism, and leadership. The campaign will be the world’s biggest girl-led action for gender equality. Youth activists from communities all over the world will be mobilised to shake up decades of slow progress on gender equality. They will confront and tackle the stereotypes that hold girls back.

Orla Murphy, Country Director of Plan International Bangladesh said, “Through #GirlsTakeover, Plan International is asking governments to take action -- in homes, political institutions, and in the media -- to end violence, discrimination, and injustice against girls and women. Girls can and do lead change, but they need allies. Everyone -- government, civil society, corporate, media, parent, women, man, and boys -- need to understand what gender discrimination looks like, their role in it and how they can eliminate it”.