Girls and poverty, the 'girl child'
"Short-changing girls is not only a matter of gender discrimination; it is bad economics and bad social policy. Experience has shown, over and over again, that investments in girls’ education translate directly and quickly into better nutrition for the whole family, better health care, declining fertility, poverty reduction and better overall economic performance." From the Millennium Report
Girls are born with the inherent and inalienable rights of all human beings They are also born with the unique rights of childhood which will enable them to reach their full potential as individuals and members of society.
In too many parts of the world, girls experience “apartheid of gender”. Beginning from birth their fundamental rights are denied and violated.
Lack of access to education and adequate health care, sexual abuse, female genital cutting, and too early child bearing are some obstacles that impede their full development and deprive millions of girls of the opportunity to play a productive and equal role in their societies.
Today, the scourge of HIV/AIDS disproportionately effects girls in many parts of the world with increasingly destructive effects on their societies.
In situations of armed conflict girls are frequent and deliberate targets of systematic rape, abduction and murder. Even in some refugee camps where they have sought protection, they are too often exploited. Too often the deprivations and inequalities suffered by them are accepted as their preparation for womanhood.
The continuity of traditional inequities will make it impossible for girls and women
to contribute to the fundamental changes needed for creating more equitable societies and sustainable development.
Of the more than 110 million children not in school, approximately 60 per cent are girls.
In some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls have HIV rates up to five times higher than adolescent boys.
Pregnancies and childbirth-related health problems take the lives of nearly 146,000 teenage girls each year.
In sub-Saharan Africa, a woman faces a 1 in 13 chance of dying in childbirth. In Western Europe, the risk is 1 in 3,200.
At least one in three girls and women worldwide has been beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime
Sunshine is learning only what she needs to survive - and that school is for... boys
In 2008 Plan Niger launched IMAGINE (Improve the EducAtion of Girls in NigEr) this is a
multi-facted programme aimed to support the development and safety of the Girl Child
1 in every 3 girls in the developing world is married by the age of 18.