International Day of the Girl!

Today is International Day of the Girl! Since 2011, the United Nations has chosen October 11 as a day to "recognize girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world." The UN chooses a theme each year, and this year's is Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls.

From the UN:

"While we can applaud the ambition and potential of the SDGs {Sustainable Development Goals) for girls, and recognize how girls’ progress is good not only for girls, but also for families, communities and society at large, we must also take this opportunity to consider how existing gaps in data on girls and young women, lack of systematic analysis, and limited use of existing data significantly limit our ability to monitor and communicate the wellbeing and progress of half of humanity."

You can read more about this year's theme and events. You can follow the International Day of the Girl on Twitter and Instagram with #becauseIamagirl and #IDG2016