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- 11 Oct

#GirlsForward

Chloé and UNICEF optimize higher learning and education opportunities for adolescent girls.

Chloé for UNICEF

Chloé and UNICEF optimize higher learning and education opportunities for adolescent girls.

Chloé and UNICEF are proud to announce today, on the International Day of the Girl, a new global partnership to advance gender equality through innovative solutions developed with and for adolescent girls to support them to excel in the future workplace.

The three-year partnership will include support to flagship UNICEF programming models that equip adolescent girls and young women with digital and technology skills, entrepreneurial capacity and spirit, and confidence - including in Bolivia, Jordan, Morocco, Senegal and Tajikistan - that lead to a greater freedom, limitless possibilities and equal opportunities.

This partnership echoes the spirit of Gaby Aghion, who founded Chloé in 1952 with one mission: give women freedom to dare to be themselves. She always encouraged women to dare and take control of their destiny, being free spirited, elegant and feminine.

Indeed, worldwide, girls 10–14 spend 50 per cent more of their time on household chores, including care work, than boys of the same age, a divide which only deepens as girls get older.[1] And, girls aged 15-19 are more than twice likely than boys of the same age to be outside education, employment or training. Women in the workforce also contend with occupational segregation, limited access to capital and networks as entrepreneurs, and globally, earn on average 77 per cent of what men earn.[2]

Chloé will support UNICEF in its global aim to provide 6.5 million girls with skills for employability, learning, personal empowerment and active citizenship.

“Tomorrow’s climate entrepreneur, artificial intelligence coder or science teacher is today’s diversity of adolescent girl strength. Valuing their skills and opportunities to discover who they can be is a guaranteed return of a bold vision for gender equality,” said Patty ALLEMAN, UNICEF Senior Gender and Development Advisor.

Women with secondary education, may expect to earn almost twice as much as those with no education. Investing in adolescent girls accelerates progress for all – for themselves, for families and for nations. When girls have a chance to learn, to lean in as part of a pipeline for high-value jobs and become CEOs of their own companies, they boost economic growth.

 

[1] United Nations Children’s Fund (2016). Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls: Taking stock and looking ahead to 2030. UNICEF: New York.

[2] Since gender pay gaps are only calculated for those in wage employment, this figure understates the real extent of earnings differentials in many contexts, and notably in developing countries where informal self-employment is prevalent. UN Women. (2018). Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. p. 109.
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