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Opinion Pieces Discuss Impacts of Investing In, Empowering Women, Girls

Devex: Opinion: E.U. can stop the global rollback of girls’ rights
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International

“…Girls’ rights are being challenged in so many countries in the world — even in Europe. It’s part of a general roll-back on human rights and a shrinking space for civil society. … Now is the time to take a stand against these regressive forces and the E.U. has a critical role to play. … To seize this chance, there are three things the E.U. needs to do. 1. Champion the rights of girls and women across the globe. … 2. Set an example for the world to follow. … 3. Invest in girls, both at home and abroad. … At Plan International, we have made it our mission to make sure 100 million girls learn, lead, decide, and thrive in the next five years. We hope the E.U. will stand shoulder to shoulder with us for girls…” (6/5).

Livemint: Adolescent girls as agents of change in communities
Ashok Alexander, founder-director of the Antara Foundation

“…Empowered with basic knowledge and training, adolescent girls … reinforce simple, but vital messages in their immediate neighborhoods. … They also become essential links between front-line health workers and beneficiaries. … There are many good programs in India that educate and empower adolescents. … However, hardly any program taps into adolescent girls as agents to empower the larger community. Our experiments in Rajasthan in creating the adolescent girls-community link have been encouraging. … The scalability of this innovation remains a challenge. … As we continue evolving our design, we welcome more ideas” (6/5).