Girls face discrimination and violence every day across the world.
Around the globe, girls are three times more likely to be malnourished than boys.
Of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls.
Each year roughly two million girls between the ages of 5 and 15 are trafficked, sold or coerced into the sex trade.
Girls are disproportionately affected by a number of harmful practices, including early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Girls continue to face obstacles in access to education and other basic services.
Young women from 15 to 19 experience nearly 10 times the rate of dating violence as young men.
Nearly 70% of victims of internet intimidation are women or young girls.
Girls and young women are nearly twice as likely as young men and boys to suffer certain mental health issues, such as depression.
Issues of body image and self-esteem remain prevalent among girls.
The International Day of the Girl focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
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United Nations http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/about.shtml