How do you find out how many victims there are of female genital mutilation or use technology? Unicef UK's chief advises on how to map out the needs of the world's children

Globally in 2012, about 40% of all babies born were not registered at birth – meaning they do not officially exist. Every child deserves the right to be counted and data is one of the most powerful tools we have to save children's lives, build their futures and influence social change.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Changing ingrained traditions like child marriage India is not easy, and many challenges remain. A new program is trying to overcome these obstacles and give these girls a new life, an official from Landesa writes in a blog for the Center for Global Development.

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A practice that demeans, dehumanises and injures is not a tradition, it's a human rights violation. Headteachers can help stop this.

It has been deeply inspiring for me to hear that Fahma Mohamed, a 17-year-old supported by the Guardian, has attracted well over 212,000 signatures to her petition demanding action to end female genital mutilation (FGM). I applaud her desire to enlist headteachers and reach every girl at risk of FGM, for this is also a British and European problem, with thousands of girls still being taken abroad to be cut. Headteachers, and governments, have a vital role to play in helping to convince families not to send their daughters abroad and help those girls – some 24,000 in the UK alone – thought to be at risk. The decision of the Scottish government to write to every headteacher asking them to train staff and educate parents is a major step forward.

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Editor's note: Editor's Note: Gordon Brown is a United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education. He was formerly the UK's prime minister. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of Gordon Brown.

(CNN) -- I had to act. A frail 18-year-old Syrian refugee girl had pleaded: "Why have you abandoned us?" Her apartment in Homs, Syria, had been bombed, her family made homeless, her wheelchair-bound sister thrown out on to the streets with no shelter and no food but also no medical help and no schooling for the girls.

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4 February 2014 – Syrian children have been subjected to "unspeakable" suffering in the nearly three years of civil war, with the Government and allied militia responsible for countless killings, maiming and torture, and the opposition for recruiting youngsters for combat and using terror tactics in civilian areas, according to the first United Nations report on the issue.

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"Adolescent girls need to be aware of laws against child abuse and child marriage as in most cases they fall victims to such abuse," said Jecintha Martin, Secretary, Madurai District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), at an awareness camp here on Wednesday.

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jamila was three years old when her parents gave her to another Afghan family for marriage to their son. She was beaten regularly and treated as a slave.

At 10 she was raped by the uncle of her intended husband. Her injuries were so severe she had to be taken to hospital. The following year she was forced to marry her rapist. Every night he raped her and then sent her to sleep in the stable with the animals.

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Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children

NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the "No Lost Generation" strategy, which aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.

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