Report calls for end to exploitation and injustice meted out to adolescent girlsBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6542 (Published 11 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6542
- Sophie Arie
Adolescent girls in rural areas could play a key role in strengthening rural economies, helping to meet the world’s future food supply needs and reducing malnutrition, says a report released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Yet, until now, the potential of 10-19 year old girls has been largely neglected by national governments and international organisations, says the report entitled Girls Grow: a vital force in rural economies. Reliable quality data on this population are almost non-existent and less than two cents of every dollar of international aid goes to adolescent girls, the council says.
“If the world is to meet the challenge of feeding nine …