MAKONDE, Zimbabwe - Three years ago, Sibongile Majaura was on the cusp of dropping out of school, a misfortune all too familiar to girls in Zimbabwe. But she has defied the odds. With just a little investment and a lot of ingenuity, she was able to start a thriving business and return to school.
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Thanks to growing implementation of a law passed last year, child marriage may soon be a relic of Malawi's past, and on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the country to celebrate the achievements of UN Women, the Malawian Government, local chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having their marriages annulled.
The International Day of the Girl is marked each year on 11 October to recognize girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year, find out how the Techno Girl programme is giving girls in South Africa the opportunities they need to build careers in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Ahead of International Day of the Girl Child, world renowned actress travels to Malawi to meet with traditional chiefs and girls freed from early marriage.
Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October.
"I was terrified, I was sure they'd kill me" Meet Firdau, the brave 17-year-old who escaped Boko Haram and now volunteers with UNICEF to help displaced children at the Nigeria Maiduguri Displacement Camp. Refugee and migrant children are #childrenfirst. Throughout the world, 28 million children are forced to leave their homes because of conflict and violence they did not create.
NAMPULA Mozambique - "Before I entered the safe space, I was shy, and it was difficult for me to express myself. I spent my free time after school with vulnerable girlfriends my age who had left school to marry, and some were even pregnant," 16-year-old Amelia Abadala Salimo told UNFPA.
Every day after school, 30 girls meet at the Olympic Vila of Mangueira-one of 22 public spaces with free sports facilities managed by the municipality in the north of Rio de Janeiro-to play basketball. They range in age from 10 to 14 and come from different neighbourhoods, schools and backgrounds.
Last year in Sweden, a man was convicted of the rape of children when he hired men in the Philippines to identify children as young as five and sexually assault them while he watched and directed their moves through a live web streaming service from his home. This case is not unique.