It’s time to put girls at the center of development

October 17 2013 by Editorial - admin
Do you remember your favorite toy as a child? Your first day at school? Your first love? The moment you clearly felt you’d become an adult? Many young girls will never have any of those memories. As of today, the International Day of the Girl Child, around 250 million of them live on less than $2 a day. They don’t go to school. They’ve never seen a doctor. In many cases, they’re married before they turn 15 and many die from childbirth complications.

Adolescent girls are not children, but they’re not quite adults. That makes them particularly vulnerable, powerless and at risk of different forms of exploitation. They are a category on their own, with very specific needs that global policy makers and the international humanitarian community must identify, understand and tackle appropriately.