UNFPA: The State of World Population 2016

UNFPA issued its annual State of World Population on girls at the decisive age of ten and how our future depends on them.

Today’s 10-year-old girls, whether they live in developing or developed countries, cities, villages
or refugee camps, or come from rich or poor households, all have hopes and dreams for the future. But each will face different challenges on their journey through adolescence to adulthood. In some parts of the world, a 10-year-old girl’s horizons are limited. As she reaches puberty, a formidable combination of relatives, figures in her community, social and cultural norms, institutions and discriminatory laws block her path forward.

The new United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals aim for equitable, inclusive development that leaves no one behind. This 15-year plan promises to help transform the futures of millions of 10-year-old girls who have traditionally been left behind. However, practices, such as child labour, forced marriage, female genital mutilation among others, that violate girls’ rights undermine the 2030 Agenda.

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