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Because I am a Girl
Around 15 million girls marry before the age of 18 each year – the equivalent of one every 2 seconds.
Female Genital Mutilation
More than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone a form of Female Genital Mutilation.
Every year, 7.3 million girls become pregnant before they turn 18.
Around 130 million girls are not in education. This has far-reaching consequences for their futures and communities.
Violence against girls and women
Violence against girls and women is a global issue. It’s estimated around 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lives.
Girls' economic empowerment
Girls and young women make up the majority of the world's 628 million unemployed young people who have neither an education nor vocational training.
Girls in emergencies
Adolescent girls are one of the groups most at risk when disasters strike.
Safety in cities
Each year, over 20 million girls move to cities. Although they have access to greater opportunities, they also face greater risks.
Menstrual hygiene management
For 2 billion women and girls worldwide, menstruation is a monthly reality. Yet many still face serious challenges when it comes to managing their periods.
Access to technology
Over 90% of jobs worldwide already have a digital component yet girls face a technology gap that prevents them from accessing and using digital tools.