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Colombian girls take part in the 'I have control of my body' project
Colombian girls take part in the 'I have control of my body' project.

Sexual Health and Rights

Gender inequality and discrimination against girls mean they are often robbed of the right to make their own life decisions - from what happens to their bodies, to when and to whom they marry.

Teenage pregnancy can rob girls of their potential by ceasing their education and giving them adult responsibilities. An estimated 18 million adolescent girls give birth every year.

Ensuring girls’ and young women realise their right to sexual and reproductive health and have control over their lives and bodies are critical to achieving gender equality.

We work with partners around the world to enable access to quality sexual health services, and eliminate harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and early and child marriage.

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Because I am a Girl supports the youth-led, global movement for girls’ rights and gender equality. Take action and campaign for girls today so they have the power to transform their futures.