Earlier this year, the Center for Global Development released a report on girls in developing countries and the disadvantages they face. The report includes specific policy recommendations that apply to several key actions:
- Count girls. Disaggregate data of all types — from health and education statistics to the counts of program beneficiaries — by age and sex. Doing so will make girls more visible to policymakers and reveal where girls are excluded.
- Invest in girls. Make strategic and significant investments in programs focused on adolescent girls, commensurate with their importance as contributors to the achievement of economic and social goals.
- Give girls a fair share. In employment, social programs, protection of human rights, and all other domains ensure that adolescent girls benefit equitably. In many cases this will take explicit and deliberate efforts to overcome household and social barriers.
Here’s a useful fact sheet (pdf) that explains how investments in girls can have a huge impact on the economic growth, health and well-being of communities. For a very cool visual representation, check out the video below.
The project was created by the Nike and NoVo foundations, with the support of the UN Foundation, the International Center for Research on Women, the Population Council, the Center for Global Devlopment, PLAN and BRAC.