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DSC_0974_Girls_School_Club_EthiopiaToday is International Day of the Girl Child, along with the United Nations and our global communities we take this time to recognise girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Girls face discrimination and violence every day across the world. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Throughout the ten countries we work in ChildHope is supporting projects which, as in Ethiopia, are working to strengthen child protection, educate communities and reduce the risks of exploitation and abuse. In this way we hope to see an end to child marriage and in increase in the numbers of girls being able to fulfil their potential.

"I'm proud to lead our girls' club. We ensure our fellow pupils can stay in school and aren't forcedDSC_0990_Girls_School_Club_Ethiopia to drop out due to poverty or early marriage."

When 14 year-old Aisha speaks about the activities of the girls' club in her school there is a bright strength and determination in her eyes. For Aisha, the importance of the club is clear. "It is a question of saving a life. It could be me."

Aisha, aged 14 from Ethiopia

Read more on our work preventing early marriage as featured in the Guardian...

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