More girls than ever are in school—but other measures of equality are falling far short, according to a UNICEF report marking 25 years since a landmark conference on the rights of women and girls.
The good news: Since 1995 girls’ average life expectancy has increased 8 years; out-of-school girls are down by 79 million in the past 2 decades.
But a number of other hurdles hinder progress:
- Violence against women and girls remains “not only common but accepted”
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-19 year-old girls
- 60% of countries deny daughters’ right to inherit land