Isobel Coleman


Op Ed: The Clue to Connecting the Dots in Women's Development

When it comes to the importance of women and girls in developing nations, we know what we need to do. Now it's just a matter of doing it.

We have some good news and bad news. The good news is that improving the plight of women and girls in the developing world is one of the central moral, political and economic challenges of our time. The bad news is that the statistics are still so grim. Seventy percent of the world’s poor are women. Two-thirds of all children denied primary education are girls. One in three females will be the victim of violence. In sub-Saharan Africa, women account for 60 percent of people living with HIV, and 75 percent of HIV-infected youth are girls. Pretty bleak stuff, no?

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