Girls and young women make up almost a quarter of the world's population. Yet in many countries and societies around the world girls face discrimination even before they are born. They are more likely to suffer from malnutrition, more likely to be subject to violence, more likely to be underpaid and living in poverty and less likely to go to school than their male counterparts. Eight authors have visited eight different countries and spoken to young women and girls about their lives, struggles and hopes. The result is a extraordinary collection of writings about prejudice, abuse, and neglect, but also about courage, resilience and changing attitudes.
Plan, one of the largest child-centered community development organisations in the world, has been working with families, communities and government to tackle gender discrimation at its roots. This book exists to bring attention to their invaluable research and its aims, and to amplify their call for change.