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Ask a Journalist: What does 18 look like around the world through girls’ eyes?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jessica Bennett is gender editor at The New York Times and has recently led an exciting multi-media project releasing on the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), “This is 18”. It shows what life looks like for girls turning 18 in 2018 around the world, captured through photographs, audio and video. The project was photographed entirely by young women, each of whom was paired with a professional mentor. Ms. Bennett spoke to UN Women about the making of the project. More

A letter to girls from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on International Day of the Girl Child

Thursday, October 11, 2018

On International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "This is a critical time for the girls of our world". More

In her footsteps: The Day of the Girl

Monday, October 8, 2018

On International Day of the Girl (11 October), themed “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, meet some amazing (s)heroes who are rising against all odds, inspiring others and innovating for a better future. More

From where I stand: “We are trying to build a drone…to dispense medicines in rural areas”

Friday, October 5, 2018

Fifteen-year-old Eno Ekanem was among 80 girls from 34 African countries who attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 August 2018. The camp marked the launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission, UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union More

Meet the African girls who are coding to make a difference

Thursday, October 4, 2018

More than 80 girls from 34 African countries attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 10 days in August 2018. The camp served to launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), UN Women Ethiopia and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). More

Take Five: Thomas & Friends™ bring gender equality to pre-schoolers

Monday, October 23, 2017

Recently, the United Nations and Mattel, Inc. announced a collaboration to incorporate five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the storylines of the animated children’s television series Thomas & Friends™, to be aired in over 110 countries in 33 languages. UN Women is supporting this initiative and Tolulope Lewis-Tamoka, Africa Programme Adviser, provided guidance to the production team for the development of a new African female character, Nia, who champions gender equality.   More

Speech: “Together we will unleash girls’ power in all its dimensions”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri during the UN commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2017 More

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the annual Girls Speak Out event in celebration of the International Day of the Girl 2017

Thursday, October 12, 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. Sincere thanks to the Working Group on Girls and all the other co-organizers of this thought provoking event of today. I am so inspired by these amazing girls as they use their... More

From where I stand: “Changing the present, we are also changing the future”

Monday, October 9, 2017

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. More

UN Women statement: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

Monday, October 9, 2017

This year, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, we are focused on how to ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’. More

Girls in Moldova hone their STEM skills and take a stand against domestic violence

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sixty-five girls aged 16 to 20 from 13 regions of Moldova learned web development, robotics, and 3D printing at the third edition of GirlsGoIT summer camp that took place on 21-30 July in Chisinau, Moldova. The participants have also visited several technology companies, such as DAS Solutions, Moldcell, Matrix and Tekwill. Additionally, DAS Solutions offered internships for two summer camp participants. More

International Girls in ICT Day

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April every year, led by ITU, the United Nations agency on information and communication technology. UN Women joins girls and women around the world on 27 April to drive global attention to the need for their full and equal access to ICT education. More

Young women call for increased women’s leadership, and change in the world of work

Monday, March 20, 2017

Young women attending the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women today met UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street. More

“Make the 2030 Agenda count for all girls, everywhere”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

“Make the 2030 Agenda count for all girls, everywhere” - Remarks by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day of the Girl Child at the high-level reception, “No Girl Left Behind: Unlocking Data to Power the Girls’ Rights Movement”, hosted by Plan International. More

“The 2030 Agenda’s commitment to leave no one behind is about girls who do not have access to equal opportunities as boys”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Remarks by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at “Girls Speak Out” event on International Day of the Girl Child, ECOSOC Chambers, United Nations Headquarters. More

UN Women commemorates International Day of the Girl Child

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment for improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back. More

“Without progress for girls, there can be no real progress”—Executive Director

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2016 More

Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson shines spotlight on need to end child marriages

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned actress Emma Watson travels to Malawi to meet with President, traditional leaders and girls freed from early marriage. More

From where I stand: Elizabeth Chatuwa

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Elizabeth Chatuwa, 28, has been a Girl Guide since she was 10 years old. Today, she is the District Youth Commissioner for the Malawi Girl Guides Association. She mentors girls and assists youth leaders in delivering programmes, including the Voices against Violence curriculum, developed jointly by UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, to make girls and young women aware of their rights, to prevent child marriage and other forms of violence and to encourage girls to stay in school. More

The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls

Monday, August 22, 2016

By Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both of them carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio Games. More

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