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Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. UNICEF listens — and helps children find their voice.UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to help children speak up for themselves and a better future for all

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • Globally, estimates suggest that there are at least 93 million children with disabilities, but numbers could be much higher. During conflict and disasters, like the COVID-19 pandemic, they are more likely to be left behind, abandoned or neglected
  • The most marginalized children and youth in every country — those living in poverty or countries at war, those from ethnic minority groups, those living with disabilities and displaced or refugee children — are most severely affected by school closures as they fall deeper into deprivation and further behind their peers
  • Today, the average humanitarian crisis lasts nearly a decade — robbing girls and boys of their childhood and their future
  • Some 19 million children were displaced within their own countries due to conflict and violence last year, more than in any other year, making them among the most vulnerable to COVID-19's global spread
  • At the height of the COVID-19 crisis, school closures affected over 1.5 billion students — over 767 million girls. Over 11 million girls may never return to the classroom
  • 13 million more child marriages (a form of modern slavery) are predicted due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, economic vulnerability and disrupted prevention programs as families under duress marry off their teen daughters
  • Air pollution last year caused the premature death of nearly half a million babies under one-month-old, with most of those infants from the developing world
  • In places like Yemen, South Sudan, Syria and Somalia, children have become targets of war. Last year, cases of grave violations committed against minors around the world were unacceptably high, with 70 children egregiously harmed daily

UNICEF-supported peer educator Shobha was empowered to help give teenage girls in Jalna, India, the freedom that comes with riding a bike. "Only the boys in our village own bicycles. The girls don't," says Shobha. On borrowed bikes, Shobha and others helped the girls learn how to ride — turning heads in the village and changing families' minds about girls' rights to determine their own futures.

UNICEF-supported peer educator Shobha was empowered to help give teenage girls in Jalna, India, the freedom that comes with riding a bike. "Only the boys in our village own bicycles. The girls don't," says Shobha. On borrowed bikes, Shobha and others helped the girls learn how to ride — turning heads in the village and changing families' minds about girls' rights to determine their own futures.

 
 

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  • UNICEF helps children heal and become more resilient: Last year, UNICEF provided psychological and emotional support to 3.7 million children
  • UNICEF has the skills and contacts to go where others can't: UNICEF-supported programs helped 2.7 million children caught up in emergencies who experienced violence
  • UNICEF inspires action: 24 countries now have national plans for ending child marriage
  • UNICEF teaches young people how to have impact: UNICEF Bangladesh launched Generation Parliament, an online platform that's bringing youth representatives and parliamentarians together to discuss policy. So far, over 530,000 teens have participated, helping to advance child-friendly policy decisions
  • UNICEF believes children deserve an inclusive world: Last year, UNICEF-supported cash transfer programs reached almost 700,000 children with disabilities in 21 countries
  • UNICEF works to give all children the childhoods they deserve: Last year, UNICEF reached 5.7 million adolescent girls with child-marriage prevention and care
  • UNICEF breaks down the barriers holding children back: Nearly 22 million births were registered, and 19 million children received birth certificates
  • Last year, UNICEF reached 5.7 million adolescent girls with child-marriage prevention and care
  • 4 million teens participated in or led civic engagement initiatives through UNICEF-supported programs
  • Last year, UNICEF provided psychological and emotional support to 3.7 million children
  • UNICEF helped create an online platform 530,000 teens in Bangladesh and members of parliament are using to create child-friendly policies
  • Last year, UNICEF-supported cash transfer programs reached almost 700,000 children with disabilities
  • UNICEF provided services to 2.7 million children who experienced violence in 115 countries
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"This is all wrong. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing." When environmental activist Greta Thunberg and other kids sounded the alarm on climate change in September, UNICEF helped them get their message across.

"This is all wrong. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing." When environmental activist Greta Thunberg and other kids sounded the alarm on climate change in September, UNICEF helped them get their message across.