女性和发展

哥本哈根—一个出生在南亚和撒哈拉沙漠以南非洲地区的女童面临着残酷的双重负担。她将会在一个充满贫穷、疾病、战争或饥荒的地区成长。她还要带着身为女性的弱势来面对这些挑战。

虽然性别问题已经被给予了更多的关注,但不平等现象仍然在各个文化、国家和大陆存在着。一项关于哥本哈根共识项目的新近研究表明消除这些不平等是一项高回报的投资。

尽管有全球在普及教育方面的努力,但许多贫穷国家的女童仍然被剥夺了基本教育的权利;从一开始,她们就是弱势群体。世界上文盲儿童中的五分之三是女童。特别是在南亚和撒哈拉以南非洲地区,文化传统和经济艰辛阻止了父母让他们的女儿上学,或让她们在学校里接受与儿子们同等时间的教育。这种不平等的投资既不公平又很低效。

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