G Day is a global social movement anchored by day-long events that celebrate and empower tween girls ages 10 to 12 as they transition from childhood into adolescence.
G Day events are community-based rites of passage designed to inspire positive self esteem and supportive family and community relationships at this key life phase.
Who can attend G Day?
G Day is designed for two groups:
Girls ages 10-12
Champions — parents/guardians/step-parents (not just Moms!), aunties and uncles, godparents, grandparents, elder siblings or anyone playing a meaningful role in supporting girls’ healthy and happy futures. Champions also include the volunteers who make G Day happen on the day of the event.
Girls may attend G Day on their own, or with one or more Champions. For more information on the Champions program, see our Events page.
Why just girls ages 10 to 12? How flexible is this?
G Day girls are approximately 10 to 12 years old at the time of G Day events, or born 10 to 12 years prior to the event date. For 2016 G Days, for example, we are including girls born in 2004, 2005 or 2006. There will always be exceptions (girls with cusp birthdates, etc.). Community Leaders may use their discretion, on the understanding that we are seeking to create a container of shared life experience – imagine the disconnect that could occur between 9 and 13 year-olds (children and teenagers), for example.
Are transgender girls welcome at G Day?
Absolutely. Transgender girls have attended G Day and had a fantastic time. G Day’s understanding of the term “Girl” includes any person who falls into the specified attendee age range who identifies herself as a Girl.
What is a Rite of Passage?
A rite of passage is a ritual event that marks a person’s transition from one social or developmental status to another. Rites of passage commemorate notable milestones in an individual’s life, for any marked transitional stage, when one’s social status is altered: for example, baby showers, weddings, graduation ceremonies and funerals.
What’s the difference between adolescence and puberty?
Adolescence is the psychological and social transition that starts at approximately age 10 and ends at approximately age 20, and is governed primarily by brain development. Puberty is a period of reproductive and physical maturation that occurs during adolescence.
Is G Day a menarche (first period) celebration?
G Day is not a menarche celebration: it is intended to include a broader range of girls, some of whom will have reached menarche, and others not. We hope that families of G Day girls who reach menarche may be inspired to create a personal celebration, however given G Day’s origins as part of Lunapads, it’s important to point out that G Day is about the transition into adolescence, not puberty or menarche.
Who is responsible for G Day?
United Girls of the World is a Vancouver-based registered charity. G Day is a program of the United Girls of the World Society.