01 February 2022

Prospects for children in 2022: a global outlook

2022 sees us entering a third year of the pandemic, and the harm done to children is increasingly evident: A record rise in child poverty. Setbacks to progress on routine vaccinations. Disruption to education for an entire generation. That harm has emerged as an unintended side-effect of the world's efforts to manage the crisis.   COVID has been a uniquely dis-equalizing crisis. Lopsided access to vaccines aside, learning losses have been greatest among poorest children, and job losses have been disproportionately borne by women and youth.   What next for the world’s children in the year ahead? As in the past two years, prospects for children will continue to hinge foremost on the pandemic and how it is managed.    Our analysis zooms in on the next 12 months, taking an in-depth view of key trends impacting children - and helping all of us working to support children survive and thrive, to better understand where we are, where we are going and what we need to do.  Key findings include:   In 2022, the global community needs to recast its COVID strategy: to focus not only on mitigating the virus but mitigating its effect on society - particularly children.   Consequences of school closures will increasingly be counted: learning losses are worse than anticipated, and negative coping strategies – including child labour and marriage – are mounting.    A lack of global cooperation puts at risk the G20 target to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the population in every country by mid-year. This increases the odds of further escape variants, delaying the virus's eventual containment, and allowing the costs for children to continue to accumulate.      Inequities are set to take new forms: access to COVID mRNA doses and boosters will remain restricted, and access to life-saving treatments will be even more exclusive.    Record humanitarian needs are forecast in 2022. As the impact of climate change grows, it will trigger new disasters, drive instability and exacerbate existing vulnerabilities.   But children and young people express greater optimism for the future and 2022 will present opportunities to prove them right. For instance, technology and infrastructure developed for the pandemic can drive the next revolution in child survival.  And click here to look back at Outlook 2025, the global outlook for children we produced last year to assess five years of trends and factors impacting children. 
20 April 2021

On Girls in ICT Day, let´s Reimagine Girls´ Education toward STEM and girl-centered solutions

With a growing start-up scene and new jobs being created every day in the digital space, the future is looking bright for young people in the Europe and Central Asia Region (ECA). 12% of the total population are between 10-19 years [1] , including a vast cohort of girls who could be future tech leaders, engineers and programmers. Yet, girls in ECA…, Reimagining approaches for girls’ skills and learning: Toward girl-centered solutions, No solutions for girls without girls! We must invest and scale interventions that are girl-centered in their design, deliver and monitoring, with a focus on skills that position girls for equal participation and transition to employment. [5] Girls themselves must be in the front seat: They must be solvers of the problems they face in their…, Partnerships across sectors and systems for all girls: Reaching them where they are, with inclusive, gender-responsive STEM and ICT education, To deliver sustainable solutions for girls, we must leverage the expertise and strengths from each and every partner – from civil society to international multilaterals – to provide girls with gender-responsive ICT & STEM-focused education in schools and through out-of-school platforms. We call for joint advocacy and resource mobilization…, Fostering training and active workplaces to nurture the next generation female leaders, Workplaces must take an active role and invest in the talents and potential of girls. A 21 st Century Girl workforce can be shaped and cultivated in the job space, online and offline, through internships, apprenticeships, and hands-on training. Education sectors and industries must come together and shape enterprise-based STEM career programmes…, Read more about UNICEF´s work for girls’ empowerment in STEM education:, Towards an equal future: Reimagining girls´ education through STEM Skills4Girls: Girl-Centered Skills Development: A Learning Agenda   [1] UNICEF Data Demographics 2021 [2] UNICEF 2021: Gender Equality Strategy in Europe and Central Asia 2021-2025 [3] UNICEF 2020: Towards an equal future: Reimagining girls´ education through STEM [4] Ibid. [5]…
10 October 2018

International Day of the Girl 2018

Succeeding in the workforce of tomorrow, Today's generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed nor in education nor training . Of the 1 billion young people – including 600…, Creating opportunities for girls from across the region, Participants learn about robotics, 3D printing and drones at an IT Girls workshop in Bosnia and Herzegovina. IT Girls – in Bosnia and Herzegovina girls learn how to code their way into the future Wanting to address the issue that girls have the same access to technology, but less confidence in pursuing technology careers, UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF…, Girls on the skills they need for success, Three girls from the UPSHIFT programme give their perspective on the skills every girl needs for the future. UPSHIFT helped me overcome the isolation I experienced since the conflict in Eastern Ukraine broke out (I am form Lugansk). Sharing experiences with new people my age helped me learn about communication and teamwork. At the workshops, I…, Breaking down gender stereotypes and empowering girls, Nadia (10) participates in a STEM-focused workshop at the UNICEF-supported summer school of hobbies in Srebrenica (Eastern Bosnia), August 2016. Nadia, 10, participates in a STEM-focused workshop at the UNICEF-supported summer school of hobbies in Srebrenica (Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina), August 2016 In Azerbaijan, the #GirlsCan campaign aims…
04 October 2017

Gender

The challenge, Equity and sustainable development in Europe and Central Asia are threatened by an increase in attitudes shaped by gender-bias. The consequences can be particularly acute for children from groups who are already disadvantaged. Gender discrimination can start early in life. When gender discrimination is felt during early childhood , the impact may…, Resources, These resources on gender issues represent just a small selection of materials produced by UNICEF and its partners in the region. The list is regularly updated to include the latest information.  A gender mapping of the green economic transition in Europe and Central Asia (February 2024) - UNICEF Best Practices of Gender-Transformative Programming…, The solution, We address gender inequality in everything we do across Europe and Central Asia, for every child and at every stage of their development.  We help support new parents who are vital for their child’s immediate well-being, and for the future prospects of both boys and girls alike. We encourage the greater engagement of men in parenting, alongside…, Preventing child marriage, We work with partners to end child marriage by promoting girls’ continued education and mobilizing those who influence families and wider society to give girls a fair chance. In south east Turkey, for example, UNICEF is working with the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality to identify causes and cases of child marriages and develop mechanisms to…