Can you imagine leaving your home, community and family at only 12 years old?
Girls in developing countries are determined to go to school, gain skills, and work to provide for themselves and their families, but many cannot reach their potential because they may lack opportunities within their communities. As a result, tons of girls leave their parents’ homes for new and unfamiliar places in the hopes of achieving a brighter future.
Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls and Migration in the Developing World, the latest report in the Girls Count series, explores adolescent girls and internal migration. Released today, this is the first report to give an in-depth look at the opportunities and the challenges girls may face when they relocate in pursuit of greater opportunities.
This is an important issue that deserves attention – that’s why we’ll be at the launch event for the Girls on the Move report, and we want you to tune in! You can watch a webcast of the launch here, live from the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Join the conversation on Twitter by using #GirlsCount to follow this event, the report and the issue.
While migrating and relocating may present risks, this report explores how migrant girls who successfully connect to urban resources and opportunities can be powerful agents of change. Take a look at this interesting report – brought to you by the Population Council, the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, the United Nations Foundation and the Nike Foundation – to learn more.
Check out the other reports in the Girls Count series:
Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda
New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent Girls
Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health
Girls Speak: A New Voice in Global Development
Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies