19 October 2017 –  UNICEF and the Kenya Red Cross Society have come together to undertake a joint action to design and implement a package of interventions that will alleviate the suffering of vulnerable communities that are not able to access essential healthcare as a result of the ongoing nurses’ strike.



“It was all part of the tradition, so I felt like I was helping the girls. But sometimes I would feel a pain in my heart.” Naruko from Samburu County was once a female circumciser, but has since abandoned the practice.

UNICEF and UNFPA report on their Joint Programme to accelerate abandonment of FGM.




2017 International Day of the Girl

EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after emergencies

Date: 11 October 2017

The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.




2 International Day of Non-Violence

5 World Teachers’ Day 

11 International Day of the Girl Child 

15 Global Handwashing Day

24 United Nations Day



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