Celebrating girls worldwide for International Day of the Girl Child

  • Girls take part in a sex education class at the Nawaratna Secondary School in Kathmandu.
    Girls take part in a sex education class at the Nawaratna Secondary School in Kathmandu.
  • A young volunteer in Tunisia delivering a session on contraception as part of a wider sex education programme.
    A young volunteer in Tunisia delivering a session on contraception as part of a wider sex education programme.
  • The Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) delivers outreach services to vulnerable young girls and boys at the Durga Nagar Naka slum in Bhopal.
    The Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) delivers outreach services to vulnerable young girls and boys at the Durga Nagar Naka slum in Bhopal.
  • Sharon, Ritah and Mabel are student counsellors at a secondary school in Namuganga, Uganda. They educate their peers about unsafe abortion. "The girls know about contraceptives like the pill and we have given some of them referral cards for them to access the contraceptives from the health centres."
    Sharon, Ritah and Mabel are student counsellors at a secondary school in Namuganga, Uganda. They educate their peers about unsafe abortion. "The girls know about contraceptives like the pill and we have given some of them referral cards for them to access the contraceptives from the health centres."
  • Young people in Belgrade take part in a theatre-based education project focusing on gender stereotypes.
    Young people in Belgrade take part in a theatre-based education project focusing on gender stereotypes.
  • Youth volunteer and peer educators, Rita with Anjana, work with local young people living in Kathmandu.
    Youth volunteer and peer educators, Rita with Anjana, work with local young people living in Kathmandu.
  • Aciro proudly displays her HPV vaccination card at the RHU clinic in Gulu in Uganda.
    Aciro proudly displays her HPV vaccination card at the RHU clinic in Gulu in Uganda.
  • Jomini outside her temporary house in Northern Nepal which she has been living in since the earthquake destroyed her house. She was just sixteen years old when her parents forced her to marry.
    Jomini outside her temporary house in Northern Nepal which she has been living in since the earthquake destroyed her house. She was just sixteen years old when her parents forced her to marry.
  • We reach local communities in rural areas through mobile clinics and community-based distributors - ensuring that women and girls have access to the health are they need.
    We reach local communities in rural areas through mobile clinics and community-based distributors - ensuring that women and girls have access to the health are they need.

Today marks the International Day of the Girl Child. Girls are often the ones to suffer firsthand from the lack of access to sexual and reproductive services. We will continue to fight for girls everywhere to not only have access to health care services but to stand up and shout 'I Decide my future'.