International Day of the Girl survey results

11 October 2013

Today, half of the world's population is under 25. About half of them are girls and young women. This is a powerful force of energy, capacity, innovation and knowledge, which however remains largely untapped. While participation in decisions that affect their lives remains limited for both girls and boys, adolescent girls and young women face more challenges in having a fulfilling role in society and acquiring positions of leadership. Persisting discrimination and social barriers limit girls' and young women's ability to exercise their human rights, engage on equal footing with boys and men in society and exercise leadership roles. While this is applicable to adult women as well, double discrimination based on gender and age makes girls even more vulnerable. Girls' opportunities to participate meaningfully are also often limited by their roles and rights in the private domain of the family.

Over the course of the year since International Day of the Girl 2012, as we worked with girls and young women, supporters and partners, we asked what was the single biggest development that would redically change the world as we know it into the world we want for girls?

The answer was Putting Girls in the Lead.

For the International Day of the Girl we asked you to fill in a survey which would help us understand the reasons for a lack of female leadership and what needs to be done to put girls in the lead. 

Some quick findings:Girls

  • 89% of you think of yourselves as leaders!45% of girls
  • Education is considered the top sector where girls and young women are better leaders, followed by health and social care. 
  • 55% of respondents thought that being results driven is a male
    characteristic, and only 3% of you thought it was female. 
  • 53% found that adults don't think that children should be given leadership opportunities.
  • Education, girl guiding and girl scouting, as well as the supporting and nuturing family are the 3 most successful initiatives that support girls and young women to realize their leadership potential.