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Shaping Opportunities for Girls

May 20, 2014  • Musimbi Kanyoro

This article was originally posted on the Thomson Reuters Foundation blog, “” on May 20, 2014. 

“If we don’t give opportunities to our girls, what are we going to do?” Dr. Maria Calle, Director of Adolescent and Youth Programming in Peru’s Ministry of Health, posed this question last month when describing the government’s effort to develop a strategy to reduce adolescent pregnancy.

As a long time advocate for women and girls, Maria’s sentiment resonated with me and the funding and advocacy that we do at the Global Fund for Women. This is the time to act in support for girls. The cost of inaction is far more detrimental to our world and our hopes for post 2015 development aspirations.

We focus on adolescent girls for the 2014 Resolve Award because, as one of the nominators said, “Young people are our future, of course. But they are also our present.”

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