Girls: The Path to Gender Equality

Investing in girls and narrowing the gender gap brings a ‘triple benefit’ to society

© Siân Davey

The economic argument is compelling: adolescence is the moment to secure a triple benefit for society

The country’s president has condemned teenage girls who become pregnant as ‘immoral’, banning them from ever returning to school

More Indian girls are enrolled in schools than ever before, but a web of pressures threatens to dislodge their education at any time

‘Chhaupadi’, the practice of banishing menstruating girls, is divisive and potentially dangerous

World Bank chief executive says the plight of young women can only be addressed properly if more women become policymakers

The implications of a skewed sex ratio for women’s health, as well as the national economy and security, are profound

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