Vol 7 No 3 - The Girl Child

Issued: 1998 (36 pages)

The last decade of the 20th century saw a big push in many parts of the world to increase the life chances, protection and education of girls, but says the editorial for this issue, ‘overall the situation remains a sad and daunting one , especially in Africa and South Asia.’ In Sub Saharan Africa progress had stalled with an actual fall in the number of girls at primary school in some countries and, globally, girls made up 60 per cent of the 140 million who never made it to primary school. They also made up two-thirds of the million who dropped out. This was mirrored by a growing imbalance of girls and boys in some societies – an imbalance in favour of boys that still persists, for example in both China and India. In an introductory article, Sara Friedman, writer and consultant for UNICEF, laments this wasted development resource which she sees as a key to the future. Professor Fathalla, from Egypt, counts the missing million girls from the global family and deplores the poor nutrition and early pregnancies which mar the lives of many those that remain. And in a special 10-page report Rami Chhabra, one of India’s foremost journalists, travelled through the sub-continent to report on the Girl Child Decade.


  • Page 3 - Editorial: Judgement Day
  • Page 4 - Newsfile: News from around the globe
  • Page 6 - Overview: Girls, a key to the future
  • Page 10 - The missing millions
  • Page 13 - Special Report: Blossoms in the wind
  • Page 15 - Bangladesh: giving girls the 'key of keys'
  • Page 17 - Why girls of Sutra drop out
  • Page 20 - Pakistan: opening chinks in the armour
  • Page 22 - Educating girls: gender gaps and gains
  • Page 24 - Girls and war: an extra vulnerability
  • Page 26 - Voices of girls: 1: India
  • Page 28 - Voices of girls: 2: Africa
  • Page 30 - Voices of girls: 3: Colombia
  • Page 32 - Associates' News
  • Page 34 - Book & film reviews


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