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Girls Are Our ‘Greatest Return On Investment’

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Denise Dunning, founder and executive director of Let Girls Lead and Champions For Change — both organizations that work on women’s and girls’ health — makes the case for investing in girls. She asserts “there are 600 million girls living in poor countries who struggle to eat, attend school, and see a doctor when they need one. These girls could be our own daughters — bright, eager to learn, with dreams and hopes for the future. These girls could become doctors, entrepreneurs, and leaders of their countries. These girls could change the world. … The world’s 600 million girls are our greatest return on investment. The time has come for our dollars to follow our research and our rhetoric. As a global community, we can no longer afford to look away” (2/13).

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