This year Save the Children, in collaboration with UNHCR, commemorated World Refugee Day with more than 300 people from different nationalities, communities, and organizations at the Sawy Culture Wheel in Cairo.
Three years ago, 14 year-old Nawal, was one of the thousands of deprived children living in the streets. Today, she a member of the girl’s football team that represented Egypt at the Street Child World Cup in Russia.
Under the theme of “The World is Yours” Marah, Mohamed and other Syrian children participated in an event organized by Save the Children in Egypt and UNHCR, the day aimed to teach children about other cultures and traditions and that home is anywhere they are.
Today on October 11, Save the Children is celebrating the International Day of the Girl with millions of girls around the globe by sharing a story of a family who believed in supporting and empowering girls. Basmala*, twelve, and Habiba*, fifteen, are two sisters who joined Save the Children’s Speak Up campaign in Egypt, which aims to combat sexual harassment of adolescent girls in urban settings. They participated in skills building sessions on this issue which affects many girls in Egypt, and are involved in one of the campaign’s youth-led initiatives, where adolescents and youth design and lead actions to promote access to protections on sexual harassment and to raise awareness of reporting mechanisms for adolescent girls.
International Youth Day is marked on the 12th of August each year; an annual celebration of the role of youth in change around the world. It is an opportunity to highlight their achievements, challenges and the problems they face.
Heba is one of the thousands of women who benefited from the “Saving Young Children’s Lives” project and are now spreading what they have learnt among their communities. Read the full story here.