International Day of the Girl Child and YWCA Edmonton’s Commitment 

October 11th marks a day of global significance – International Day of the Girl Child. This day  

was established by the United Nations in 2011 to draw attention to the specific issues that girls face globally. It emerged from the women’s rights movement and the urgent need to address gender inequalities and discrimination affecting girls’ lives. Since then, it has become a platform to advocate for the full spectrum of girls’ rights. 


Why International Day of the Girl Child? 

The world has made progress towards gender equality, but significant challenges persist. In recent years, there has been a pushback against gender equality, threatening to undo the progress achieved. These challenges impact girls in particularly harsh ways, from maternal health care and parenting support to digital literacy, comprehensive sexuality education, and violence prevention. 

Themes for International Day of the Girl Child 2023: 

This year, the theme emphasizes the urgent need for increased attention and resources to enable girls to realize their rights and achieve their full potential. It on everyone from the individual to global governments to address the challenges that girls face and to ensure they have the opportunities they deserve. 

YWCA Edmonton’s Commitment to Empowering Girls: 

YWCA Edmonton is committed to empowering girls in our community. We understand that girls deserve the opportunity to dream big and reach for the stars. That’s why we’ve redeveloped our youth programs to focus on essential areas that support girls’ growth: 

  • Healthy Relationships: We offer programs that teach girls about building healthy relationships, understanding consent, and recognizing signs of abuse. 
  • Financial Literacy: Our initiatives equip girls with financial literacy skills, enabling them to make informed financial decisions and plan for their futures. 
  • Civic Engagement: We encourage girls to become active participants in their communities, fostering leadership skills and a sense of responsibility. 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math): YWCA Edmonton provides opportunities for girls to explore STEM fields, encouraging their interest in these crucial areas. 


YWCA Edmonton is thankful for the support of our donors and partners who make our youth programs possible. These programs create safe spaces where girls can thrive, build confidence, and become strong, confident leaders of tomorrow. 

On this International Day of the Girl Child, let’s remember the significance of empowering girls and ensuring their rights are protected and promoted. YWCA Edmonton is proud to play a role in this mission through our youth programs, equipping girls with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Together, we can create a future where every girl’s voice is heard, every dream is encouraged, and every opportunity is within reach. Join us in celebrating the limitless potential of girls in our community and around the world.