Multiple barriers prevent children, particularly girls, from enjoying a positive start in life and being able to thrive. Inequalities and traditional practices can mean that young children fail to get the vital care and support they need.
Gender discrimination and son preference in many societies limit girls’ chances of surviving and thriving. Then, throughout their lives, gender bias impacts development, self-esteem, agency and expectations.
We are working to help vulnerable and excluded children, particularly girls, grow up equally valued and cared for and free from discrimination. All children should have the opportunities they need to learn, develop fully, build self-confidence and relate to others.