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Photo op with Freida Pinto, students from all over New York City to mark the International Day of the Girl Child

Outdoor event with billboard-sized, erasable Fresco

What: Several dozen New York City students and students from Burkina Faso, Egypt and Nepal will join Hollywood star Freida Pinto and UN officials to “erase” the image of girl factory workers to reveal a hidden image of students in the classroom – a symbol for how innovation and education can change children’s lives for the better by potentially erasing inequity and injustice.

When: 9:15-11:30a.m, 11 October 2013

Where: James P. Grant Plaza, outside UNICEF House, Three UN Plaza, East 44th Street (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)


  • Elhadj As Sy, Director, Public-Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization Office, UNICEF
  • Nigel Chapman, Chief executive Officer, Plan International
  • Freida Pinto, Plan International Ambassador
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls’ Who Code

Students from the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Poly Prep, Young Women’s Leadership Network and the Brooklyn Scholars Charter School will participate in the event.

Background: Girls’ education is the single most powerful investment for development. Children born to educated women are healthier and survive at better rates. But even though more girls are entering school than ever before, 31 million are still denied this right. Those that do attend school face major challenges that include discrimination, financial stress, and threats to their safety. The world needs new, creative solutions to help girls everywhere overcome these barriers to learning and achievement.

All social media material for the Day of the Girl is accessible on: http://uni.cf/girl2013packex
B-roll is available on: http://weshare.unicef.org/mediaresources

For interviews with young people who will participate in the interactive billboard, Freida Pinto and experts on education, girls’ and on innovations, please contact:

Shimali Senanayake, UNICEF Media, ssenanayake@unicef.org Tel: 1917 265 4516
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, kdonovan@unicef.org Tel: 1 212 326 7452 

Plan International
Zara Rapoport, Plan International, Zara.Rapoport@Plan-International.org Tel: 1 917 398 0018
Stuart Coles, Stuart.Coles@plan-international.org




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