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The need to “girl up” our approach to development

There’s a lot of talk these days about focusing on the needs of women and young girls when it comes to foreign aid, development and global health.

As was noted recently by Unicef, and reported in the Guardian, the needs of teenagers and adolescents are generally neglected when it comes to many global health and development programs. This is especially true of the needs of girls and young women.

In advance of International Womens’ Day next week, I thought these recent articles were especially interesting:

The Guardian — Love and money: Why sex and development are not strange bedfellows

TrustLaw — Girl Power? Reality, fantasy or chimera?

Voice of America — Progress in girls’ education

Time — To fight poverty, invest in girls

UPDATE: Just ran across this nice video below making the case from a small group called Share. I have no idea if Share is really doing any good, or for that matter doing any bad (or, something in between, just another feel-good DIY operation), but I liked their video.

For a local angle on Girl Up, read this great Seattle Times article by Kristi Heim written back in November.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.