A new era for girls: Taking stock of 25 years of progress


Date of publication:  01 Mar 2020 Publisher:  UNICEF Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

In a new report, UNICEF, Plan International and UN Women among many facts say:

  • The number of out-of-school girls has dropped by 79 million in the last two decades
  • The number of female youth aged 15-24 years who are illiterate declined from 100 million to 56 million between 1995 and 2018, but 1 in 10 female youth remain illiterate today
  • Since 1995, the proportion of young women who were married as children has declined globally from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5
  • The proportion of girls aged 5-19 years who are overweight has nearly doubled since 1995
  • Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among adolescent girls aged 15-19
  • Over the past 25 years, the adolescent birth rate has declined from 60 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-19 years to 44 births, worldwide

The report calls for action in the following areas:

  • Celebrating and expanding opportunities for girls of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and income and social status levels to be bold and ambitious changemakers and solution designers – actively engaging their voices, opinions and ideas in dialogues, platforms and processes that relate to their bodies, communities, education and futures.
  • Increasing policy and programme investments to scale up promising models that accelerate progress for and with adolescent girls aligned to today’s world reality, including their skills development for the fourth industrial revolution and a generational movement to end gender-based violence, child marriage and FGM.
  • Increasing investments in the production, analysis and use of high-quality age- and sex-disaggregated data and research in areas where knowledge is limited – such as gender-based violence, 21st century skills acquisition, adolescent nutrition and mental health.

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