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The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a large and vibrant generation poised to take on the future. Investing in their health, education and safety, helps them reach for their dreams and shape their lives.

But investing girls is also investing in a better world. Take education: More education for girls is linked to higher incomes and fewer child deaths. And that is good for everyone.

On International Day of the Girl, 11 October 2016, we are celebrating how far girls today have come since their mothers and grandmothers were girls. And we are looking forward by committing to the kind of progress that will provide all girls everywhere with the chance to grow, learn, and thrive.

One of the best sources of data are girls and young people; we need to listen when they tell us about what will make a difference in their lives.

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U-Report allows young people from any community, anywhere in the world to speak out, respond to polls, and be a positive agent of change. Join the movement.

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Did you ever ask yourself, where are all the young people who actually do give a damn? Well, they’re right here.Voices of Youth offers inspiring, original insight and opinion from across the globe – from young people, for young people. Want to be part of our pool of youth bloggers? Do it! Anybody is welcome to write, film, comment and engage in discussions – let’s go!

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Progress for girls in 2016

The theme for the day is Girls’ Progress = Goals Progress: What Counts for Girls. This theme highlights girls and their challenges – challenges addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an international plan of action for ending poverty, tackling climate change and addressing inequalities by 2030. The theme also offers an opportunity to discuss how data are vital for identifying problems and finding solutions that improve girls’ lives.

  • Girl Power

Girls bear the brunt of household work. It starts when they are young, at least 5. It increases as girls become adolescents and continues until…well, it continues.Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls: Taking stock and looking ahead to 2030, a new UNICEF report, outlines exactly how many hours girls do unpaid household work globally. But it also includes other valuable data about the progress required to improve life for girls and reach international development goals.


See by the numbers how we are engaging youth voices for positive social change.