International Day of The Girl

Did you know that there has been little overall progress on gender equality at the global level between 2015 and 2020? According to the World Economic Forum it will take another 131 years to achieve it. Did you know that The Netherlands ranks 25th out of the 27 EU countries in the representation of women in management positions?

In partnership with Plan International, we will launch The International Day of The Girl campaign on 11 October. 

All around the world, girls and young women are discriminated against, just because they are girls. On the International Day of The Girl, girls claim their space — girls with a mission, girls that raise their voices and lead the way. Together we fight for equal rights and opportunities. Can we count on your support? Will your organization join us? 

Girls and young women can change the world when they get the chance. Show that you support equal opportunities for girls and (young) women. Amplifying our messages, organizing a Girl Takeover, and committing to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). 

Photo credits header: Ilvy Njiokiktjien/Plan International



Share our messages on your personal and company’s social media channels to spread awareness. 

Girl Takeover

Organize a Girl Takeover within your company to give young women the opportunity to take over the role of business leaders for a day. 


Show that your company’s commitment to gender equality goes beyond 11 October by signing the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Want to learn more? Register for the virtual information session on Tuesday, 3 October from 10:00-11:00. The session is free and open for everyone. 

Amplify the message on social media

Share our messages on your personal and company’s social media channels. Please tag us in your messages and use the campaign hashtags.


LinkedIn: @Plan-Nederland & @UN-Global-Compact-Network-Netherlands 

Instagram: @PlanInternationalNL & @GlobalCompactNL

X/Twitter: @PlanNederland & @GlobalCompactNL


#DayOfTheGirl #IDG2023 #UnitingBusiness #GirlTheWorld 


of women in the Netherlands depend financially on a partner or the government


Only 13% of Dutch companies publish information about equal pay


of women in the Netherlands experience pregnancy discrimination at work

Girl Takeover

The global #GirlTakeover is a call to action for radical social and political change to tear down barriers of discrimination and prejudice that continue to hold girls and (young) women back.

Young women step into the roles of leaders for a day to draw attention to the fact that they should have the chance to decide over their own life and the world they live in. And they demonstrate that – when given the chance – they can become whatever they want to be. They advocate for equal opportunity and representation of girls and (young) women.

Selection of companies that has participated


The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of seven principles offering guidance to businesses on how to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community.

These principles were established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women and are informed by international labour and human rights standards. The principles are grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

WEPs are a primary vehicle for corporate delivery on gender equality dimensions of the 2030 agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Receive more information

Jamie Holton

Sr. Programme Manager Business & Human Rights and Gender Equality

Contact person for the International Day of The Girl campaign 

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