But for many women and girls, especially in the developing world, these gains aren’t filtering through. In poorer countries, where freedom and education are still the preserve of the few, life for many women is a battle for basic humanity; girlhood an ineluctable march towards the menaces of early marriage, sexual violence and lifelong disadvantage.
The problems begins a decade or so into life, says the United Nations, and there’s still too little being done to educate, protect and inform girls as they reach puberty. And yet leaders around the world, from Bill Gates to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, agree that if we invest in girls at this stage of their lives, we could succeed in ending poverty.
Here are five hardships that the world’s girls are still struggling with, despite international efforts to consign them to history."
Read article by Anna Bruce-Lockhart from World Economic Forum.