Data tell us that the lives of girls today are better in many respects than those of preceding generations. Girls are now more likely to survive childhood, more likely to attend school and complete their education, less likely to be undernourished and less likely to marry as children.
Yet girls still suffer significant deprivations and inequalities, many of which result from the persistent gender discrimination faced by girls and women everywhere. And for many girls, further disadvantage based on disability, location, race, ethnicity or migration status compounds the challenges of building a fulfilling future.
Sustainable change for girls and progress towards achieving the SDGs will require investments from governments, donors and development organizations. This includes prioritizing infrastructure, goods and services that address girls’ vulnerabilities and remove barriers to their empowerment. But it will also require engagement from communities, social networks, families and girls themselves.
Investing in data will be especially critical to monitor SDG progress and ensure accountability, as well as to increase understanding of girls’ ongoing and emerging challenges and disadvantages as the world changes between now and 2030.
Fulfilling the commitments laid out in the new Agenda will not only improve the lives of today’s 1.1 billion girls and support their transition to adulthood; it will also build a better world so the next generation of girls can thrive. The stakes are high, especially since these girls will increasingly be born into areas of the world where deprivations are especially acute.
(Text taken from page 4 of the brochure)