[Featured Resource] Empowering Girls Through Legal Protection Strategies in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Liberia

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(Madeline Gunderson) #1

This week’s profiled resource is “Empowering Girls Through Legal Protection Strategies in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Liberia". This resource is in honor of Universal Children’s Day, celebrated on November 20th to promote international togetherness, worldwide awareness, and improving children’s welfare. :tada:

November 20th is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child!

More about Empowering Girls Through Legal Protection Strategies in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Liberia:

According to a 2008 report by the Center for Global Development, girls are generally less healthy, less educated and enjoy less freedom than their male counterparts. Such disparities, which highlight the disempowerment and marginalization of girls, result from a variety of factors including cultural and social norms. Ultimately, however, they are rooted in gender discrimination, which interferes with girls’ ability to develop, and ultimately, prejudices their ability to have lives of dignity. The difficulties faced by girls are compounded by the fact that they are often neglected. This report aims at compiling comprehensive, accurate and strategic information on how best to enhance the protection of girls through legal empowerment. After an introduction on global challenges to the empowerment of girls children, the report highlights the situation facing girls in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Liberia concentrating in the areas of birth registration, education, property/inheritance, child labor, child trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children and child marriage. The paper concludes with suggestions for the way forward and entry points with respect to protection of girls.

You can access this resource in our library at the following link:

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The Featured Resource is a short profile of a key resource found in the resource library of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. These resources can be older or brand new, but they all touch on important themes within legal empowerment. If you have a resource you would like to profile with the network, upload it directly at this link or email it to community@namati.org


(Laura Goodwin) #3

Thanks to see this resource highlighted, @madelinegunderson!

I like that it emphasizes the importance of birth registration - not only to ensure girls’ right to a name and nationality but also because of the many other ways birth registration can facilitate access to other rights and prevent exploitation!



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