Explore the Girl Issue

Girls and women are among the most disadvantaged around the world, denied access to education and exposed to unique barriers that keep them from attaining their full potential. Explore these issues, why they’re hindering girls, and find out what we’re doing to create a brighter future for girls everywhere.

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Girls’ education

62 million girls around the world are out of school. In many developing countries, girls’ education is not a priority, yet education is key to empowering girls to make changes in their own lives that will help lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

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A girl who was subjected to becoming a child bride

Child marriage

14 million girls under the age of 18 will marry this year – that’s approximately 39,000 child marriages every day. Child marriage often leads to early pregnancy and forces girls to miss out on their education and the opportunity for a brighter future.

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Gender-based violence

Violence in schools is prevalent, and it’s an issue that is harming too many girls every day in the institutions we trust the most – schools. Find out why it’s happening and what we’re doing about it.

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