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October 11 Day of the Girl: Safeguarding the Health and Future of Girls

For the first time ever, the world is celebrating the International Day of the Girl, a special day designated by the United Nations to recognize the most pressing challenges facing girls around the globe today, including safeguarding their sexual and reproductive health.

At EngenderHealth, we know that reproductive health care isn’t just for adults. In fact, complications from pregnancy are the number one killer of girls aged 15-19 in low- and middle-income countries. Each year, an estimated 1 million teenage girls suffer death or injury from childbirth or a pregnancy-related complication.

That’s why EngenderHealth is working every day—at home and abroad—to help more girls access the information and services they need to safeguard their health. When girls have access to contraception and other reproductive health care, they can plan for their futures and have the opportunity to finish school, pursue their dreams, and achieve their full potential.

To mark the inaugural Day of the Girl, we’re providing 4 actions you can take to learn more about our work for adolescent girls and about what YOU can do to help. Check them out here!

LEARN: In many parts of India, teenagers lack access to quality reproductive health services, including contraception and HIV prevention. Read the story of Amala, 19, who was able to delay pregnancy so she could finish school and plan for her future—all because of EngenderHealth’s work to support youth-friendly reproductive health services. Also help us reach more girls in India by funding our new “Community Focus on Adolescent Reproductive Health” project on Catapult, which goes live on Oct. 11 in honor of the Day of the Girl.

WATCH: EngenderHealth is helping U.S. adolescents to challenge harmful gender norms and better protect themselves against the risks of pregnancy, disease, and violence in their relationships. Watch a video of our Gender Matters project in Austin, Texas, where we’re helping teens to focus on getting an education and delaying pregnancy.

PLEDGE: Make a proclamation pledge to encourage your city or town to recognize October 11 as the Day of the Girl! Also see other actions you can take, including downloading a toolkit to help you become a champion for girls.

GIVE: Every day, EngenderHealth works around the world to help girls safeguard their health and plan for the futures. Give today—no amount is too small. Your generosity enables us to reach more girls with the quality health services they need to stay healthy and reach their full potential.

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