World Must Prioritize Health, Safety, Education For Girls

CNN: Time to stand with girls demanding change
Melissa Hillebrenner, director of the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign

“Thursday marks 100 days since more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their families and community in northeast Nigeria, a reminder of the horrors and hardships many girls face when trying to get an education. … [I]t is essential that we make sure education is the right of all girls, not a privilege for a few. This means creating economic opportunities and getting rid of discriminatory laws. It means condemning child marriage and enforcing laws against it. And it means making sure girls have access to quality health care and addressing their sexual and reproductive health rights and needs — including family planning…” (7/23).