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Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2015

09 October 2015

We know we have an extraordinarily long way to go to achieve what we want for our 15-year-olds. But they must know that they, and all their siblings, are in the spotlight. Today is the Day when we focus our attention on the Girl Child, but it is not a day in isolation. It is part of a massive and relentless drive towards a world of equality: a Planet 50-50 by 2030. More

UN Women Executive Director applauds joint Nobel Peace Prize win for Malala, Kailash Satyarthi

10 October 2014

In a statement, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said the award is fitting as we celebrate Girl Child Day. She says Malala’s staunch and fearless advocacy has amplified the voices of girls who might otherwise remain unheard. More

On solidarity mission, UN Women Executive Director visits girls school in Nigeria

19 May 2014

In the wake of the horrific abduction of more than 200 school girls, which has ignited global outrage, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka joined a delegation that visited the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) in the town of Abaji, Nigeria, from 17-18 May. The FGGC Abaji is one of the Federal Government’s all-girls colleges similar to the FGGC Chibok, where more than 200 students were kidnapped on 14 April, in Chibok, Nigeria. More

UNICEF announces initiative to end violence against children

31 July 2013

Ending violence against women and girls is a top priority for UN Women, which partners with governments, UN agencies and civil society organizations worldwide to mobilize efforts to address it. Today, UNICEF announced a new initiative calling on ordinary citizens, lawmakers and governments to combat violence against children, building on the growing outrage of recent attacks against children across the world. More

Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls: UN report calls for urgent action

29 May 2013

A new study launched today during the XII Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, reveals that indigenous girls have a greater risk of experiencing violence due to the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination they face. More

Joint UN statement read by John Hendra for the launch of the inter-agency study on breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls

28 May 2013

Joint UN statement read by John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme, UN Women at the launch of the inter-agency study: “Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women: A call to action based an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America” on 28 May 2013 in New York. More

Q&A about the efforts of Kumbukani Mwanyongo to confront child marriage in Malawi

10 October 2012

Kumbukani Mwanyongo is 24 years old, unmarried, and an aspiring pharmacist from Malawi. She is also a member of the Malawi Girl Guides Association and a trained peer facilitator working to educate others about girls' rights. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18. More

It takes courage: Ethiopian girls speak out against arranged marriage. The story of Fetura Mohammed

10 October 2012

In the Genda Oromo village of the Kombolcha district in Ethiopia, 14-year-old Fetura Mohammed was appalled to learn that her father had arranged for her to marry an older man. More

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