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International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl celebrates the importance, power, and potential of girls around the world. 

While much progress has been made in the last two decades to ensure every girl is able to grow and develop in good health, there is much still to do. For example, 12 million girls are married before age 18 each year. One in five girls globally has experienced sexual violence. In Eastern and Southern Africa, nearly 80% of new HIV infections among adolescents are among girls.   

To commemorate the day, WHO co-organized a virtual intergenerational dialogue between girl advocates and high-level leaders about putting girls and their rights at the centre of decision-making processes. 

“The health and wellbeing of girls is a priority for WHO,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, at the virtual event. 

No decision for girls should be made without them


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