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International Day of the Girl Child

The theme of this year's International Day of the Girl Child is 'With Her: A Skilled GirlForce.' The day was adopted in 2011 to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face.

Empowering girls will help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, contained in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. These ambitious goals aim to realize a world without extreme povery or gender inequality, and with universal access to education and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

UNFPA works to protect the health and rights of adolescent girls through comprehensive sexuality education; access to sexual and reproductive health counselling, information and services; and through encouraging girls' empowerment and participation in decisions affecting them. UNFPA also works with boys and men to advance gender equality, and to encourage the abandonment of harmful stereotypes, the embrace respectful, healthy relationships, and support for human rights of all people, everywhere.