International Day of the Girl

IFPRI research focuses on early interventions for vulnerable girls
October 9, 2012
by Xinyuan Shang

October 11, 2012 is the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl, dedicated to girls around the world because they suffer most from poverty, poor health, discrimination, and violence.

Improving the well-being of girls around the world requires targeted research and programming. Girls, especially those between the ages of 5 and 19, are often overlooked by policymakers as most programs target infants and small children or women. And it’s easy to lump all girls together, even though their circumstances vary greatly based on ethnic background; marital and schooling status; whether they work or have children; and whether they are ill or disabled. Effective programs and research must pay attention to these differences. Interactive resources such as Girls Discovered compile facts and maps on girls around the world, allowing researchers and practitioners to view similarities and differences in a variety of livelihood indicators across countries.

IFPRI prioritizes gender-focused research in our work. The following is a list of examples of our research that focuses on girls:

IFPRI’s gender-focused research emphasizes early investments in girl children, from birth through adolescence, as these play a great role in helping girls grow healthy and reach their full potential.

Read the full text of the UN resolution that established The International Day of the Girl