There are 679 million children younger than five years of age in the world today-almost one in 10 of the world's population. Who looks after these children when parents go out to work, and what are we missing when we do not consider this point?
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Ainuru Altybaeva serves as a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, and has been an activist for women's empowerment for over 10 years. She was the initiator of a law on toughening penalties for bride kidnapping, and a vocal participant of the national UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls
International Day of the Girl Child Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri during the UN commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2017
Your Excellency, Minister Maryam Monsef, Excellencies, ambassadors of Peru and Turkey, Distinguished Colleagues, Girl activists and advocates, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Let me start by commending the Governments of Canada, Peru, and Turkey for continued commitments to the International Day of the Girl.
United Nations Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Wednesday that the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported it had received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that took place in Bambari by UN peacekeepers.
The world's 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity - and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception, the United Nations said on the International Day of the Girl Child, which kicks off a year-long effort to draw global attention to and action on the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.
Despite years of efforts and advances, full gender equality has yet to be realized. There is not one country in the world free of gender-based violence or discrimination. And in too many places, the burdens of inequality fall hardest on the youngest.
Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her.
"Some people say that it is shameful for girls to go to work or go to school. These are old traditions and conventions." These are the words of Alan and Israa, two Syrian girls who, through a UN Women-supported training and community centre in Beirut, Lebanon, are learning how to repair mobile phones.
In September, the Malala Fund started the Gulmakai Network to support the work of education champions in developing countries and speed up progress towards girls' secondary education around the world.