Girls Spend 160 Million More Hours than Boys Doing Household Chores Everyday – UNICEF

NEW YORK (October 7, 2016) – Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 percent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on October 11.

Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls: Taking stock and looking ahead to 2030 includes the first global estimates on the time girls spend doing household chores such as cooking, cleaning, caring for family members and collecting water and firewood.

Half a Million Children Live in Areas Hardest Hit by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti – UNICEF

NEW YORK (October 7, 2016) – An estimated 500,000 children live in the Grande Anse and Grand South departments in southern Haiti, the areas worst hit by Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said today. Three days after the storm, it remains unclear how many of them need urgent assistance as damage to road infrastructure continues to hamper assessment and relief efforts.

“We’re still far from having a full picture of the extent of the damage,” said Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti. “We are hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst.”

Joint Press Release: Investing in Early Childhood Development Essential to Helping More Children and Communities Thrive, New Lancet Series Finds

Washington, D.C. (October 4, 2016) – An estimated 43 percent—249 million—of children under five in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to findings from The Lancet’s new Series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale.

UNICEF Calls for Safety of Schools in Yemen as the New School Year Opens

NEW YORK (October 4, 2016) – As schools open this week in Yemen, UNICEF urges all parties to the conflict to protect schools.

Since the conflict escalated more than 18 months ago, attacks on school children, teachers and education infrastructure had a devastating impact on the country’s education system – and on the chances of millions of children to access learning.

More than 4 million children at risk as Hurricane Matthew pummels Haiti – UNICEF

NEW YORK (October 4, 2016) – More than 4 million children may be exposed to the damage of Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said today as the Category 4 storm made landfall on the impoverished Caribbean island.

“This is the worst storm Haiti has seen in decades and the damage will no doubt be significant,” said Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti. “Waterborne diseases are the first threat to children in similar situations - our first priority is to make sure children have enough safe water.”