Violence against girls has serious and life-altering impacts on their physical and mental wellbeing. It happens everywhere: on the street, at school, at home and in digital spaces.
COVID-19 highlighted existing and new vulnerabilities that girls and young women face because of deep-rooted inequalities, traditional gender roles and victim-blaming attitudes.
This results in impunity for perpetrators and contributes to the continuing epidemic of violence against women and girls.
It's time to end it, for once and for all.
No girl or young woman should be held back by worries about the way she looks.
Low self-esteem and body confidence issues disproportionately affect girls and young women, and are mainly caused by unhelpful gender norms. Isolation during the pandemic has increased loneliness among girls and exacerbated these issues.
Body-confident girls feel free to be themselves, to follow their dreams and make a difference in the world.
Their self-esteem should always be a priority so all girls can fulfil their potential.
Today’s generation of young women will be disproportionately affected by the long-lasting consequences of COVID-19.
Isolation, mental health challenges, unequal access to nutrition and education, and the struggle to get menstrual hygiene products are some of the problems girls and young women currently face.
Their needs must be considered, and their experiences put at the heart of both short and long-term solutions to the health and societal impacts of COVID-19.
Girls are the hardest hit by climate change due to pre-existing inequalities and unbalanced power dynamics. Particularly in less economically developed countries, they are the most likely to experience adverse effects in agriculture, natural disasters and climate-induced migrations.
Despite this, girls are often excluded from the wider discourse around climate change. They want to change that and play a leading role in the biggest environmental challenges so far.
Let’s put girls at the very centre of climate action.
Girls are the experts of their own lives.
To achieve women’s effective participation and equal opportunity for leadership at all levels of decision-making, girls need to be given the tools, spaces and confidence to speak out about what it's important to them.
They are the ones who are best placed to tell governments and leaders what needs to change in their communities, countries, and the world.
Girls deserve to be seen and heard.