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Chepturu, 13, East Pokot, Kenya

Getting married at a young age isn’t something that most women or girls choose to do in the UK, but the fact of the matter is that we have a choice. Whereas in West Pokot, a rural area of Kenya I visited recently, a girl’s point of view doesn’t come into it.

10-year-old Margaret searches for pieces of plastic on the Mwakirunge rubbish dump near Mombasa, Kenya

Shockingly, 15 million people in the developing world today survive by salvaging waste. Many of them are children. We lift the lid on the worldwide scandal of young kids forced to scavenge on rubbish dumps to survive.Meet Margaret, from Kenya. Margaret lives with her family on the Mwakirunge dumpsite just outside Mombasa. Every day she wades through rubbish, broken glass and toxic waste, collecting scrap metal and plastic to sell to earn a living. She is 10 years old.

Rhoda, from the Chibok community, Nigeria

How do you tackle those hard to teach subjects? Do you shy away from debate, or do you dive straight in? Whatever your approach, and whatever your style of teaching, we can support you. Our latest resources will enable you to explore some sensitive issues surrounding the abduction of over 300 school girls from the Chibok region of north east Nigeria.

Friends 16-year-old Simon Abigail (left) and Precious Luka, 15 (right) standing outside their girls' club in the school playground in Kaduna state, Nigeria

Why we won’t shut up about girls' rights

Posted in Blogs 4 years 10 months ago

Ahead of tomorrow's International Day of the Girl we've just heard the incredible news that inspirational schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 for her campaigning work on education and child rights. This makes her the youngest ever winner of the prize. It's a brilliant achievement and fantastic recognition that the world is paying attention to the voices of girls. 

The Favela da Maré slum in Rio de Janeiro

The shattering 7-1 defeat of Brazil by Germany in the World Cup was not just a footballing shock – it may also have long-term political and social consequences.

A message for my daughter on Father's Day by Hardeep Singh Kohli

Hardeep Singh Kohli writes about the difference dads can make towards helping young girls globally fulfill their potential.  Read about why he is supporting ActionAid's SheCAN appeal this Father's Day.