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Report calls for end to exploitation and injustice meted out to adolescent girls

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 11 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6542
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

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 …

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