Taking Stock on Gender Equality

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

 
The Guardian

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