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Girls spend 160 million more hours than boys doing household chores everyday – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 7 October, 2016 – Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October.

Global Goals Awards honour champions for women’s and girls’ rights
NEW YORK, 20 September, 2016 – The first annual Global Goals Awards tonight honoured a lawyer who fights against child marriage in Tanzania, a Syrian teen and Olympic swimmer who saved fellow refugees from drowning, and an organization that brings health care to vulnerable girls and women in Pakistan.

UNICEF statement on recent case of sexual violence in India
NEW YORK, 20 July, 2016 – “The reported gang rape of a young Dalit woman in India by the same five men who had raped her three years ago underlines the heinous culture of impunity that surrounds violence against girls and women. 

Majority of men and women oppose Female Genital Mutilation in countries where practice persists – UNICEF figures
NEW YORK, 14 July, 2016 – Approximately two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end, according to UNICEF data.

International Women’s Day: 10 quick facts on girls
NEW YORK, 7 March 2015 – To mark International Women’s Day and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women’s empowerment, UNICEF presents a statistical snapshot of progress and trends for girls and women.

Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence
NEW YORK, 10 October 2014 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF is issuing a new compilation of data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse. 

Ending violence against children: Translating data into action
MBABANE, Swaziland, 26 May 2014 – Ways to translate data on violence against boys and girls into concrete measures to stop it will be discussed at a global meeting to be held in the capital of Swaziland, 28-30 May 2014.

UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, opens the UNGEI global conference on girls’ education
Opening Ceremony Remarks by Anthony Lake - DAKAR, Senegal, 17 May 2010

Accelerating efforts to advance the rights of adolescent girls
Official document - 3 March 2010

Securing rights of adolescent girls is critical for achieving development goals
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 8 April 2009 – Parliamentarians are convening today to address the urgent need for accelerated progress in protecting...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day 2009
Statement - 8 March 2009

UNICEF marks International Women’s Day by stressing importance of investing in maternal health
NEW YORK, 7 March 2008 – UNICEF is marking International Women’s Day 2008 (8 March) by drawing attention to the need for improvements in...

Empower Women to Help Children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 11 December 2006 – Eliminating gender discrimination and empowering women will have a profound and positive impact on the survival and well-being of children, according to a new UNICEF report issued on UNICEF’s 60th anniversary.

Women’s rights essential to Iraq’s recovery
AMMAN, 11 December 2006 - Iraqi women need urgent action to protect and promote their rights, UNICEF’s Iraq Office said today.  The call follows the launch of a global UNICEF report saying that equal rights for women is the key to stronger societies.

Promoting Women’s Autonomy in Latin America and the Caribbean to Fulfil the Rights of Children
PANAMA, 11 December, 2006 – Eliminating gender discrimination to promote women’s autonomy and their participation in decision-making throughout Latin America and the Caribbean will have profound and positive consequences for the survival and well-being of children, as stated in a newly-published report from UNICEF in the year of the 60th anniversary of the organization.

UNICEF Flagship Publication: Empower Women to Help Children
4 December 2006 - Media Advisory

Girl rights role model Marta launched to promote gender equality in Timor-Leste
DILI/TIMOR-LESTE, 10 November 2006 – The Office for Promotion of Equality (OPE), which comes under the Office of the Prime Minister, with UNICEF, officially launched the Marta Communication Initiative on 10 November 2006.

UNICEF, World YWCA join forces
New York, 12 October 2006 – UNICEF and World YWCA announced today the establishment of a new partnership to promote gender equality, youth leadership and the meaningful involvement of young women and girls in creating a more gender sensitive society.

Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace endorses declaration on violence against children
KYOTO/JAPAN, 28 August, 2006 – Delegates of the Religions for Peace Eighth World Assembly today endorsed the Declaration on Violence against Children, which commits religious and faith communities to confront violence against children and protect children in their communities.

Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day
WASHINGTON, D.C., 8 March 2006 – Good afternoon.  Thank you, Anita, for that kind and generous introduction. My thanks to the United Nations Information Center, the United Nations Foundation, the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and all of the organizers and sponsors of this event.  A special thanks to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for all of their support and assistance, not just today, but every day.

Liberia to Launch Girls’ Education National Policy
MONROVIA, 17 April 2006 – The Government of Liberia will launch its National Girls’ Education Policy tomorrow.  The policy calls for a collective effort to reach Millennium Development Goal 2: universal primary education for every Liberian child.

UNICEF and Casa Alianza join efforts against violence
PANAMA CITY, 6 September 2004 – With the expressed intention of protecting Latin American and Caribbean children and adolescents in a more effective manner against all forms of violence that affect the region, UNICEF and the international non- governmental organization, Casa Alianza, have recently signed their first regional cooperation agreement.

Statement attributed to Bellamy on Beijing+10
NEW YORK, 28 February 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy remarks at Beijing +10: "Ten years ago, at the time of the Beijing Conference on Women, I had just begun as Executive Director of UNICEF. Now, as we commemorate Beijing Plus 10, I am only a few months away from leaving UNICEF. So I have come full circle – I started with Beijing, I just returned from a visit to Beijing, and I am talking about Beijing today."

One in every eight girls out of school in Turkey
Tuesday, 17 June 2003 - One in every eight girls is out of school in Turkey on the eve of the launch of a major new campaign to get girls back into the classroom. The Advocacy Campaign for Girls' Education launched by UNICEF and The Turkish Ministry of National Education today aims to have every girl in school by 2005.(News note)

Teaming up for Girls' Education at Football Finals
ROTTERDAM/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 June 2003 - Under the banner Go Girls! Education for Every Child, young football competitors today kicked off finals week of the Fox Kids Cup in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, bringing to a climax the first in a series of UNICEF campaigns focusing attention on girls' education though the power of sport.

UNICEF Launches Girls’ Education Initiative in Western and Central Africa
Monday, 23 June 2003 - As a number of countries in Western and Central Africa struggle to achieve their development goals, UNICEF is calling on donors and governments in the region to assign greater weight to the role of education and to invest far more in the education of girls.  (Press release)




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