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Irene is 14 years old and in grade 7 – which in Uganda, where she lives, is unusual for girls her age. UNICEF supported programs in Uganda are helping to ensure that Irene and girls like her are able to stay in school longer, sparking positive change in the community.

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In 2014, the world witnessed the abduction of more than 276 school girls taken from their school in the town of Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria, triggering a massive solidarity movement on social media with celebrities calling on the governments of the world to act. We wanted to bring them back, to live their childhood as any child - any girl - should be entitled to. Yet, more than five years later, more than 100 of the “Chibok girls” are still missing. Worse, 110 more girls were abducted, and five lost their lives, in February 2018 in Dapchi, northeast Nigeria.

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In Shahrak e Mahajereen, a mountainous village in Afghanistan’s central highlands, 28-year old Suraya is passionate about transforming the lives of illiterate girls and women.


Violence and harassment affects millions of girls and women around the world with as many as 8 out of 10 having experienced abuse. Find out 5 things you can do to help end violence against girls and women.


It's International Women's Day! Girls’ education is one of the most powerful investments that can be made to help break cycles of poverty and violence. It can be a turning point for women’s empowerment and the long-term health, peace and prosperity of entire communities and countries.


As we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, we recognize and are inspired by the resilience of girls as they face more and more adversity in their communities.


When it comes to ensuring children’s rights and access to quality health services, Canadians agree: we have a duty to protect.


Girls can and should grow into future leaders, innovators and educators. Across the world, girls have the potential to create change and inspire progress – if they’re given the chance. These photos demonstrate just how hard it is for many girls to go to school – and what it means when they do.