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When girls participate in sports and physical activity, it offers them the opportunity to challenge traditional and stereotypical gender roles and helps build confidence and self-esteem.

A group of girls from SF State and USF has taken up the international sport of rugby, defying stereotypical gender roles in the process.

More than 7.5 million children in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia have gained improved access to quality education through a 10-year partnership between Gucci and UNICEF.

Jenny Jones snowboarding in the 2014 Winter Olympics highlighted successful women in sport. Read an article in The Guardian on challenging gender stereotypes.

"Before, we used to come across children in Grade 3 who did not know how to read or write. Today, thanks to the Child-Friendly Schools initiative, even by Grade 2 our students do not face this challenge. In our teacher training we learned new methodologies and approaches, and that training helped us achieve a significant improvement in the level of our children's learning." says Nausone Moiane, Vice- Principal at the Ngungunhane School in Chibuto district.

More children are attending school today than five years ago, but great challenges remain According to the forthcoming 2010 ‘Child Poverty and Disparities Study’, disparities have been narrowing in primary education in Mozambique, whereas progress in secondary education has been slow. Approximately 3.3 million of Mozambique’s 4.1 million children aged 6-12 were attending primary school, equivalent to a net attendance rate of 81 per cent, in 2008. The attendance rate in secondary school…

In Mozambique, children now have a much better opportunity to learn than before. Today, 100 per cent of the children are enrolled in primary school, up from 69 per cent in 2003. © UNICEF Mozambique/2012

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14 Children's Books that Challenge Gender Stereotypes

Children's books that break gender stereotypes. Click through for entire book list.

Did you know? The abolition of school fee in 2003/04 and Direct Support to Schools (Apoio Directo às Escolas-ADE) alongwith free-textbooks led to a surge in primary school enrolments from 3.3 million to around 5.3 million by 2012 resulting in the doubling of primary schools from 7594 to over 15000 and of teachers from 40,000 to nearly about 94,000. (Source: Annual School Survey, 2012 MINED)

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