Girls Count provides some of the first critical research specifically focused on adolescent girls in the developing world. It demonstrates how providing support to girls age 10-18 dramatically improves their lives - and also results in significant benefits for society as a whole.
Going one step further, this report also includes concrete strategic action items for policy makers, donors, development professionals and the private sector to effectively implement change.
Now in its second printing, Girls Count has helped to launch a series of comprehensive reports covering a wide range of issues that affect adolescent girls.
Girls Count is the first in a series of reports produced by the Coalition for Adolescent Girls. Other titles include: Girls Speak: A New Voice in Global Development, New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent Girls , Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies and Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health.
"By virtue of their age and social position, girls' opportunities and prospects are fundamentally shaped by those closest to them, particularly family members - mothers, fathers and other male relatives, mothers-in-law, and husbands. But the actions within the often-hidden domestic circle are affected by the policies and resource allocation of national and local governments and donor agencies as well as by civil society and the private sector. These actors can recognise the needs and untapped potential of girls and stimulate families and communities to value and invest in girls' futures.
Ruth Levine, Cynthia B. Lloyd, Margaret Greene, Caren Grown