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International Day of the Girl 2018 theme - With Her: A Skilled GirlForce


Today's generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed or in education or training.

Of the 1 billion young people – including 600 million adolescent girls – that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.

On 11 October, International Day of the Girl, we are working alongside all girls to expand existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and calling on the global community to rethink how to prepare them for a successful transition into the world of work.

Under the theme, With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, International Day of the Girl will mark the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.

As part of this effort with and for girls, UNICEF and partners will bring together programming, advocacy, communication, fundraising, and public engagement around building a Skilled GirlForce.

You can access the 2018 concept note here.

Further communications materials – including key messages, an advocacy brief jointly produced with ILO, and a web page will be provided in the coming weeks. We invite you to share any events that you are hosting, stories, or initiatives you’re working on to support girls’ skills development with:

Patty Alleman, Senior Advisor, Gender Section, UNICEF –

Kim Chriscaden, Communications Specialist, Gender Section, UNICEF -  


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