The welfare of adolescent girls is crucial in determining economic and social outcomes for countries today, and in the future. For girls to become healthy mothers, productive citizens and economic contributors, their unique needs must be seen and understood.
Yet today, adolescent girls are undercounted and so underserved. Counting them is the first step to increasing their visibility.
Girls Discovered takes that first step. As a comprehensive source of maps and data on the status of adolescent girls worldwide, Girls Discovered helps donors, policy makers and implementing agencies target their investments.
It ain't news anymore that there is a close connection between what happens to girls and what happens to nations.
For example, keeping a girl in school until her body is mature enough for maternity not only results in better outcomes for mother and child, it reduces the strain for scarce resources such as food and water.
What's more, an educated girl is better equipped to support herself and her family -- and maybe, as I have already demonstrated, feed a village.