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Sex equality impossible without more help from boys and men, says report
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Plan Sierra Leone
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Sex equality impossible without more help from boys and men, says report

 

GIRLS standing in the world cannot be improved without far more positive participation from the boys and men in their lives, a major report says.

 

The annual Because I Am A Girl report which assesses the state of the worlds girls, states that fathers, brothers, husbands play an essential role in creating true gender equality.

 

The report produced by international childrens rights organisation Plan, makes recommendations for action, showing policymakers and planners what can make a real difference to girls lives all over the world.

 

The report also includes primary research with more than 4,000 children which reveals that many stereotypical beliefs about gender roles in society are still very entrenched among young people.

 

But revealingly the survey also shows that children are actually happier when they see their parents sharing household responsibilities, rather than sticking to rigid roles.

 

Plan International CEO Nigel Chapman said: It is widely recognized that empowering girls is a key to unlock families from poverty and deprivation. But since we began monitoring the state of the worlds girls back in 2007 we have rightly been asked: So, what about the boys?

 

Of course, many boys are affected by poverty, lack of opportunity and also violence. But girls face double discrimination by being young and by being female. Everyone, including boys, benefits from a more just, equal world but it cannot be attained by girls alone we must all play a more active part.

 

Elders member and former Brazil President Fernando Henrique Cardoso who wrote the report foreword said fathers in particular have a key role to play in leaving old machismo ideas behind.

 

I call on all men and boys to throw their weight behind the campaign for equality and to challenge those who oppose womens rights and equality, he said.


The complementary skills and qualities of both men and women are needed to tackle the enormous challenges we face. This will not be easy. But we will all gain from such changes. Societies with greater equality between men and women, girls and boys, are healthier, safer, more prosperous and more truly democratic.

 

To bring about change Plan is calling upon campaigners, or those in positions of power:

To transform school curricula to challenge stereotypes and acknowledge difference

To support girls and boys participation in the creation of policies to improve gender equality

To make school safe for girls and boys

To challenge discrimination and engage men and boys


Because I am a Girl
is Plans campaign to fight gender inequality, promote girls rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty.

 

Across the world, girls face double discrimination due to their gender and age, leaving them at the bottom of the social ladder.

 

Research has shown that girls are more likely to suffer from malnutrition; be forced into an early marriage; be subject to violence or intimidation; be trafficked, sold or coerced into the sex trade; or become infected with HIV.

 

Plan is producing one girl report each year in the run up to 2015, the target year for the Millennium Development Goals. Each report provides tangible proof of the inequalities that still exist between boys and girls.

 

Join our campaign and help us transform the lives of the worlds poorest girls.

 

Because I am a Girl is brought to you by Plan - a leading childrens organisation working in over 50 developing countries to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.


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