Girls count!

The world’s 1.1 billion girls are part of a large and vibrant generation poised to take on the future. Investing in their health, education and safety, helps them reach for their dreams and shape their lives.

But investing girls is also investing in a better world. Take education: More education for girls is linked to higher incomes and fewer child deaths. And that is good for everyone.

On International Day of the Girl, 11 October 2016, we are celebrating how far girls today have come since their mothers and grandmothers were girls. And we are looking forward by committing to the kind of progress that will provide all girls everywhere with the chance to grow, learn, and thrive.

One of the best sources of data are girls and young people; we need to listen when they tell us about what will make a difference in their lives.

A group of young people with their phones.
UNICEF CAR/ Le DU/ 2016A group of U-Reporters after a workshop in Central African Republic.

Get involved

  • U-Report

100,000 young U-Reporters are committed to take action to stop violence against girls. Join the Movement. Go to and Message #GIRLS to sign up.

U-Report allows young people from any community, anywhere in the world to speak out, respond to polls, and be a positive agent of change. Join the movement.

  • Voices of Youth

Did you ever ask yourself, where are all the young people who actually do give a damn? Well, they’re right here. Voices of Youth offers inspiring, original insight and opinion from across the globe – from young people, for young people. Want to be part of our pool of youth bloggers? Do it! Anybody is welcome to write, film, comment and engage in discussions – let’s go!

A group of girls carrying water containers on their heads.
UNICEF/UN026598/EverettIn South Sudan, girls carry water for their families. A new report released for International Day of the Girl shows that girls aged 5 to 14 collectively spend 160 million more hours a day on household chores and collecting water and firewood than boys.
  • Progress for girls in 2016

The theme for the day is Girls’ Progress = Goals Progress: What Counts for Girls. This theme highlights girls and their challenges – challenges addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an international plan of action for ending poverty, tackling climate change and addressing inequalities by 2030. The theme also offers an opportunity to discuss how data are vital for identifying problems and finding solutions that improve girls’ lives.

  • Girl Power

Girls bear the brunt of household work. It starts when they are young, at least 5. It increases as girls become adolescents and continues until…well, it continues. Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls: Taking stock and looking ahead to 2030, a new UNICEF report, outlines exactly how many hours girls do unpaid household work globally. But it also includes other valuable data about the progress required to improve life for girls and reach international development goals.


There have never been more ways to join together to make progress for girls


UN Women is the global champion for gender equality

UNFPA: Possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives

Plan International advances children’s rights and equality for girls

Project Everyone – Sharing the Global Goals with all 7 billion people on the planet

VICE Impact – media, news, investigations

Data2X improves gender data to better inform the policy and global development agendas

Working Group on Girls is an NGO committee working for girls, with girls, at the United Nations

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  1. Dear UNICEF, I am writing to congratulate with you for the U-Report. I think that a platform capable of gathering young people’ voices is a useful tool to collect data and information necessary to conduct effective M&E, engage and empower young folks, and facilitate knowledge sharing. Speaking up about violence against girls helps victims to regain self-confidence and abusers to be identified. Thanks for your outstanding action! Laura


  3. Both girls and boys are important. However, girls should not be left alone to do all the duties in the home. It is important that boys learn too and duties are shared. The truth is that there is nothing to lose. By doing home duties, the body gets some amount of exercise which is very beneficial to both sexes health.