Bridge the gap so all girls are equal from the start

Here we are in 2020, and still, girls face discrimination. Save the Children puts gender equality at the heart of everything we do – including our work to eliminate gender-based violence, empower girls and reduce child marriage so that all children have equal opportunities. So, walk with us. Sign a petition. Or join the movement and use your voice to help girls realize the futures they deserve. 


We start at the beginning – right from birth, giving children a healthy start. We help school-age girls go to school (and stay in school!) delaying marriage and pregnancy, and helping them acquire much-needed life skills. We work with boys, men and parents, to fight gender bias in families. Plus, we empower girls to speak up and challenge norms that discriminate based on gender. Since 2000, we have helped achieve a 25% decline in child marriage – empowering 11 million girls to stay in school. Learn more

Save the Children celebrated their first annual Bridge the Gap Challenge on October 12th in New York City, to promote gender equality here in the US and around the world. Hundreds of participants walked over the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the fundraiser to help girls in need. From left to right, Keren, Anxhela, and Cecilia lead the walk towards the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo credit: Matthew Morrison / Save the Children 2019.


“When a girl child is given a chance, she can do what a boy child can do,” says 14-year-old Harriet. In a refugee settlement in Uganda this confident, smiling student is showing just what girls are capable of. Photo credit: Louis Leeson / Save the Children 2019.


10-year old Natalia smiles shyly as she reads from her workbook at a Save the Children sponsorship-funded program in El Salvador. The program targets young boys and girls and helps them discover alternative views of conventional gender roles and behaviors. Photo credit: Victoria Zegler / Save the Children, November 2016.


Join the Movement

A 9-year old Ugandan girl smiles brightly for the camera, sitting at a desk in a classroom. She’s holding a pencil and is writing in a notebook. Photo credit: J. Hay / Save the Children, March 2012.

Educate a Girl

An educated girl is more likely to avoid early marriage, delay childbirth and provide better support for her family later in life. Learn more

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Save the Children is Gender Fair-certified, receiving an A in each the four categories measured: Leadership, Employee Policies, Advertising and Philanthropy. We are proud to be the first nonprofit and first non-governmental organization (NGO) to achieve this designation. Learn More

Little Britany – a schoolgirl in El Salvador – practices safe handwashing at a sink in her school. Photo credit: Save the Children, June 2019.

Sponsor a Girl

Child sponsorship drives change that ripples throughout children’s lives, their families and entire communities. Learn more

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Read About Gender Equality

9 children’s books about powerful girls and sensitive boys, and kids who dare to be different. Go now

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Girls are 3x more likely to be out of school 

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Every 2 seconds, a girl under 18 gives birth 

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Every 7 seconds, a girl under age 15 is married 


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