After more than two years of being held hostage by Boko Haram, in northeast Nigeria, Chibok girls have finally been reunited with their families, however, their return emphasizes the necessity of urgent and intensive psychosocial care, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
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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).
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.
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2016 - UNICEF said the 200 million hours women and girls spend every day collecting water is a colossal waste of their valuable time. As World Water Week gets underway in Stockholm and experts gather to try to improve the world's access to water, the UN children's agency stressed that the opportunity cost of lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that some 77 million of the world's newborns - or 1 in 2 - are not breastfed within the first hour of birth, depriving them of essential nutrients and antibodies and thus exposing them to an increased risk of death.
A key adviser to the United Nations children's agency today decried the culture of impunity surrounding sexual violence against women and girls around the world, following a recent case of gang rape in India. "Outrage is not enough," said Anju Malhotra, UNICEF's Principal Gender Advisor.
Laws to protect breastfeeding against the growing multi-billion-dollar breast-milk substitute business are inadequate in most countries, exposing small children to a greater risk of childhood diseases, according to a United Nations report released today.
Eugenie Zohole and her family fled Abidjan after the violence in 2012. After arriving in Mapussie in the west, Eugenie joined a UNICEF-supported mothers' group which brought together women from different ethnicities. The women farm together and with support from UNICEF have built an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in their village.