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Hand over the mic to: Aisha, Kenya

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Aisha*, 12 years old, is now living in a shelter in the coastal region of Kenya, with 34 other children who have experienced gender-based violence. When schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these girls fell victims to sexual abuse within their homes.

Letter from UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to her 15-year-old self

Sunday, October 11, 2020

For International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka tells her 15-year-old self: "The best way to prepare for your future in the world is showing up in the fights for good causes and doing your best.".

Op-ed: Why we’re uniting in support of African girl leaders to beat AIDS and shift power

Friday, October 9, 2020

In a joint op-ed for International Day if the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima, Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay, Executive Director of UNFPA Natalia Kanem and Executive Director Henrietta Fore highlight the need for vital investments and transformational policy shifts so that all of Africa’s girls can enjoy all of their rights to education and empowerment.

From where I stand: “Together we’ll leave the world a much better place than we found it”

Thursday, October 8, 2020

As part of a partnership to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Ananya Banerjee, 17, was featured by Humans of Bombay in collaboration with UN Women India, for their #GenerationEquality campaign. As a champion of girls rights and gender equality, Ananya has been working against female foeticide and climate change and to promote education. Currently, she is pursuing her final year of school and is studying Humanities. She is a passionate social activist and poet.

I am Generation Equality: Munnira Katongole, youth activist for social change and climate justice

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Munnira Katongole is a 17-year-old South African activist fighting for social change and climate justice. She is part of the South African Institute of International Affairs’ Youth Policy Committee on climate.

Girls to know: The next generation is already leading the way

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Around the world, girls are driving change. They are activists and advocates on the front lines of movements for social and racial equality. They are calling for urgent climate action and demanding space at decision-making tables in their communities, countries and beyond.

UN Women and Plan International to host Instagram Live on digital youth activism

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, UN Women and Plan International are co-hosting a conversation on digital youth activism. Tune in on 7 October, at 8 a.m. EDT on Instagram Live.

I am Generation Equality: Samaira Mehta, champion for girls in technology

Thursday, April 23, 2020

At only 11 years old, Samaira Mehta is already the founder and CEO Coderbunnyz and Codermindz, two board games that introduce kids to the concepts of computer programming and artificial intelligence. She’s also the creator of the “Yes, One Billion Kids Can Code” initiative, which aims to help one billion kids in the world gain access to STEM and coding tools by 2030.

Statement: Get girls connected for equality

Thursday, April 23, 2020

In a statement for International Girls in ICT Day Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urges governments not to leave behind the millions of girls in developing countries without access to the internet and remote learning opportunities.

Calling for action to meet the unfulfilled promise of education for girls

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Celebrities, youth activists and world leaders gathered yesterday at the UN Headquarters to put a spotlight on adolescent girls’ education, in an event co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Ireland, together with UN Women, the One Campaign and the Global Partnership for Education. Singer and co-founder of the ONE campaign, Bono, and Chair of the Elders, Mary Robinson, were amongst the participants at the event that launched the initiative, "The Drive for Five: A Call to Action to...

If you teach a girl to code, she will change the world

Friday, October 4, 2019

In Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya, girls are empowered by their new-found passion for computer coding.

Chapter by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for Lumos: Gender-Based Discrimination as a Driver for the Institutionalization of Children

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

First published in Lumos’ publication,  A Goal Within Reach: Ending the Institutionalization of Children to Ensure No One is Left Behind , September 2019. At Makola Market in Ghana , women traders and vendors are proving that childcare services designed for and managed by the workers themselves have the potential to change women's and families lives. Photo: UN Women/Ruth McDowall Many children living in orphanages or other institutions worldwide are there...

Ask a girl who codes: What’s your message to girls who want to join ICT?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rebecca Azanaw, 17, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, participated in the first coding camp as part of the joint UN Women and ITU “African Girls Can Code Initiative”, funded by the Government of Denmark. In February 2019, she and 10 other girls from the programme met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, to share their experiences and ambitions. On International Girls in ICT Day, we hear from Azanew on how she has continued to hone her skills and empowered others.

From where I stand: “Technologies are the best and most effective tools for making change”

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Nino Nanitashvili was just 18 when she became the only girl in Georgia involved in a Google developer group. She went on to found Women Techmakers, which encourages women to explore new roles in IT.

From where I stand: “Girls have to contribute towards innovation and technology”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

At 16, Jakomba Jabbie is one of the most vocal advocates for the education of all girls in the Gambia, especially when it comes to science and technology skills.

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.

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".

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.

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

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).

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