Because I am a Girl: The State of the World's Girls 2009 – Girls in the global economy: Adding it all up
Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2009 is the third in a series of annual reports published by Plan International examining the rights of girls throughout their childhood, adolescence and as young women.
Focusing on girls in the global economy, the report warns that failing to send girls to school is costing the world’s poorest countries billions of pounds each year. No education means girls are confined to dangerous, unskilled work - neglecting their earning potential and slowing a country’s recovery from the current financial crisis.
The global economic downturn also means girls in the developing world are the first to lose their jobs, may end up in the sex trade and are more likely to die young.