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When girls do better, we all do better

Girls all over the world face dangers specific to their gender, particularly as they enter adolescence. Child marriage, gender-based violence and educational inequality all threaten to rob girls of their childhoods and their ability to reach their full potential.

Today, we have the largest generation of girls the world has ever seen. Will you help transform the future of a generation by investing in girls?

Our Girls Investment Fund Taskforce (GIFT) unites philanthropic investors to transform the lives of vulnerable girls. To discover more about the GIFT and get involved, please contact Sally Davies at sallyd@unicef.org.uk.

 

Watch: To combat poverty, the best investment we can make is in girls – educating them, empowering them and keeping them healthy.

GIFT to me is about solidarity. We're a group of like-minded women who care. We pool our investments and we pull together to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable girls all over the world. Together, we are stronger.
Claudia Rocca Ryan, founding GIFT board member

Why invest in girls?

Investing in girls leads to increased prosperity and better health for girls, for families, for communities, and for entire nations. It has an extraordinary effect on economic growth.

Girls’ education is the most consistent driver of global development. An educated girl is more likely to get a job and earn a higher wage, and her nation’s economy is likely to benefit as a result. Healthy and educated young women are less likely to die in childbirth, more likely to send their children to school, and better able to protect themselves and their children from malnutrition, HIV and AIDS, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Meet Khayriyya

Fifteen-year-old Ethiopian refugee Khayriyya is a keen student at a Unicef-supported school in Sudan. While getting an education and finding work is challenging for so many young people in Sudan, refugees are all too often last in line when it comes to jobs and opportunities.

“Many times my father has been faced with people asking him, “Why do you keep paying for your girl’s education? Girls are destined for marriage.’”

Having supportive parents counts for a lot in a country where child marriage is widespread, with young brides – some as young as 10 or 11 – rarely able to continue their education.

Fifteen-year-old Khayriyya is determined to defy expectation and achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.
Photo: Unicef/Dawe

Fifteen year old Khayriya, a refugee in Sudan, is determined to defy expectation and achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. While getting an education and finding work is challenging for so many young people in Sudan, refugees are all too often last in line when it comes to jobs and opportunities. “Many times my father has been faced with people saying to him: ‘Your condition is really bad. Why do you keep paying for your girl’s education? Girls are destined for marriage.’”
My ambition is to continue my studies, graduate and be a doctor.

I want to prove that if a girl has been well-educated and graduated she can do a lot. I want to continue and show them what I can do.

Khayriyya, 15, Sudan

Support more girls like Khayriyya

By investing in the GIFT, you can help:

  • Promote adolescent girls’ health and nutrition
  • Advance adolescent girls’ education, learning and skills
  • End child marriage
  • Prevent gender-based violence in emergencies
  • Ensure girls’ dignity through effective menstrual hygiene management.

Be part of the GIFT

Joining the GIFT means:

  • Pooling your investment with other philanthropists, so achieving greater impact for girls
  • Attending exclusive events hosted by experts in the field
  • Receiving regular updates on the impact of your investment in girls.

Get in touch

If you’re interested in supporting girls’ empowerment or looking to make a big donation, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us by emailing sallyd@unicef.org.uk or calling 0207 375 6171, and a member of our Philanthropy team will be in touch.