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September 25, 2009


CBC, Canada - Plan International finds that countries with high levels of institutional discrimination against girls and women are also the least developed, costing the world's poorest countries billions of dollars a year in lost revenue, writes CBC News. The report gives as an example Kenya, whose economy could add $3 billion annually if the country educated its girls to secondary school level. In tough economic times, however, girls in poor countries are the first to be pulled from school, as families struggle to pay for books, uniforms, and other costs. The report's global ten-point plan calls for giving girls education, better jobs, access to land or property, and leadership opportunities, among other actions


Anonymous Boffin said...

One of the great heroes of this fight was Imelda Marcos. While you've probably heard of her shoes, few know about her social programs in the Philippines.

Her efforts towards women's literacy, birth control, and small business and horticulture made huge improvements in the lives of the poorest Filipinos. Unfortunately a lot of that progress has been rolled back in the last few years.

September 25, 2009 6:11 PM  

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