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.
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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.
Concerted global efforts have led to a 60% drop in new infections among children, which has averted 1.2 million new HIV infections among children in 21 priority countries since 2009.
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.
When Fati was 12-years old, her father removed her from school in Niamey and sent her to Nigeria to marry a 40-year-old man. A year later, she was hospitalized with injuries inflicted by her new husband.
Almost 16 million girls between the ages six and 11 will never get the chance to learn to read or write in primary school compared to about 8 million boys if current trends continue, according to a new report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). In the run-up to International Women's Day on 8 March, the UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education shows that girls are still the first to be denied the right to education despite all the efforts and progress made over the past 20 years.