Encouraging girls to go ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

When the modern Olympics were first held more than a century ago, 997 athletes competed, only 22 of them women.

Fast forward to this year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where nearly half of those vying for medals are women.

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Family planning “fundamental” to sustainable development

The right for women and girls to make their own choices about planning a family is “fundamental” to sustainable development according to the chief of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Singer Michael Bolton raises his voice for women and girls

American singer Michael Bolton has conquered audiences worldwide with his powerful ballads and heartfelt love songs.

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Non-profit founded by student teaches self-defence to girls

Girls and women who take self-defence classes are more empowered and better prepared to protect themselves.

So says Pooja Nagpal, an eighteen year old student from the United States, founder of the non-profit organization For a Change, Defend, which aims to stop gender violence.

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Education and reproductive health for girls key to sustainable development – UN

Investing in adolescent girls – especially in their education and reproductive health and rights – will ensure sustainable development for all, according to United Nations officials, government representative, experts, and young women who gathered today at an event at UN Headquarters.

"Step it up” for a gender-equal world, urges UN Women chief

“Step it up” so that women and men, boys and girls have equal rights by 2030, the head of a UN agency focusing on gender issues has urged world leaders.

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Women and girls to become “influencers, not only beneficiaries”

Investment in women and girls is vital so that they can become involved in and influence issues that affect them directly.

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Girls don’t want to be “geeks”

Girls don’t want to be portrayed as “geeks” and that is turning them away from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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“Strong political will” key to ending FGM, says UN coordinator

“Strong political will” on the part of governments to end the practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM, is key to achieving its elimination.

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UN Gender Focus: jobs for youth, human rights of indigenous women and development in Africa

Jobs plan to give young women equal access to the labour market

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