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168 children have died and over 1,100 have been seriously injured, maimed and even terribly burned. No child should have to suffer the terrifying impact of such violence. We are urging all sides to stop this violence for the sake of the children, who are suffering the worst.

We’re proud to share this new version of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ video, in support of the 35 million people living with HIV, especially young people suffering in silence. 

On Thursday, we lost many people who dedicated their lives to fighting HIV on the Malaysia Airlines flight. They were traveling to the International AIDS Conference, where we were planning on launching this video. Now, together with Katy, we’d like to dedicate this video to them, to honour them, and to all the victims of MH17. #AIDS2014 #ShowYourLove

“There is this new movement that is trying to teach people about the dangers of cutting their daughters. It is good for us to be able to discuss these things in school. We have been able to form our own opinions about the issue.”

Neshwa, 15, is one of millions of girls around the world to have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). She hopes to become a doctor. Let girls be girls: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit



Mary Pereira Mendes, C4D Specialist, UNICEF Iraq

What does your average working day look like?

There’s a blur between day and night at work. My job consists of actively interacting with people, organizing field visits to understand community-level issues, making sure that everyone is…

“Both my husband and I do not want our daughters to be cut. It has caused me so many problems, and we do not want them to suffer too.”

Like more and more people in Sudan and across the world, Amani Saéed is saying no to female genital mutilation (FGM).

Join the movement: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit

“I told my parents I would not get married now; I am too young for that. I would not be able to continue my study if I get married.”

Kalpona was 12 when her parents arranged for her to marry a man more than twice her age. A few days before the wedding, they agreed to let her continue with school instead.

In Bangladesh, 65% of girls are married as children. Pledge your support for ending child marriage within a generation: http://uni.cf/GS14

If you’ve ever doubted how sport can help us rise above pain and find strength, watch this video, shot on location in Namibia and set to BANKS’s powerful song, “Goddess.” http://uni.cf/U4w4UC #TeamUNICEF

Christina, from Tanzania, was married to an older man when she was 13 after suffering female genital mutilation (FGM).

“My father told me I had to get married because that is what women do after they have been cut. I don’t know how old John is. When I ask him he won’t tell me, he says, ‘why do you need to know my age?’ My mother says that he is 26. He works as a day labourer and loads stones.”

“John leaves very early around 4 am and then I get up to clean the house, fetch water from the river, about one kilometre downhill, then I work in our corn farm. I also graze our two goats which John got as a wedding gift. Then I start to prepare dinner. Sometimes I go visit my friend or she comes here. When I do have my children, I want my son to become a policeman and my daughter a nurse.”

We can make a brighter future for girls now. Take a stand to end child marriage and FGM: http://uni.cf/GS14

“I never imagined my wedding day; I was completely devoted to study. I wanted to become a doctor. I was very good in school. When we left Syria, I tried to bring my textbooks. I thought I might go back again, and I could use the time in Iraq to study.” 

Like many girls facing poverty or conflict, Dilda was married to an older man to help make ends meet. “She had a nice dress, but no songs, no party,” says her father Abdul. “It would be very improper to have a party while our brothers and sisters are suffering and being killed in Syria.”

Together we can end child marriage within a generation. Be part of it: http://uni.cf/GS14 

Watch this powerful video produced by Unicef Namibia for the song “Goddess” by BANKS

Football means a lot more for these girls - it represents inclusion, teamwork and strength! 

Together, we’re stronger: http://uni.cf/U4w4UC #TeamUNICEF