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World Economic Forum gives girls a voice on the global stage

Summary

The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting programme featured its first-ever plenary session at which corporate, foundation, government and NGO leaders discussed the ability to end intergenerational cycles of poverty amongst females.

Panelists explored the dearth of investment in adolescent girls in developing countries, which economists have called “an irrational investment gap.” They will discuss the potential multi-trillion-dollar impact of girls on national economies, the economic cost of not investing, and the impact of these investments on developed economies.

The session addressed what others can do to invest in girls as well as the importance of reaching girls in early adolescence – before they are faced with the issues that derail a healthy and prosperous trajectory. These include a range of factors that can take a girl away from school including early marriage, early pregnancy, household chores, care-giving for family members and HIV/AIDS.