Leaders of some of the world’s top foundations say much more needs to be done to encourage the hopes, dreams and ambitions of young girls. The issue was discussed at the Women Deliver conference in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin said investing in girls has long term benefits.
“If we don’t put a girl first, if we don’t start with a girl, we may never have the opportunity to help her as a woman. If you address a girl’s issues across the board, you have a really good chance of ensuring that she will have an opportunity to live a long and healthier life – changing both her life and her family’s.”
Maria Eitel, President and CEO of the Nike Foundation, said that often there’s a small window of opportunity to intervene on behalf of girls.
“The younger girls are full of hope – I want to be a doctor…I want to be a pilot…and with enormous hope and aspiration. But at that moment of puberty – at 13, 14,15 – it shifts entirely. And what the girl entirely talks about is barriers to her ability to succeed, particularly around the areas of violence and the area of economic duress for her family,” she said.
Eitel said in many countries the young girl is “painfully aware” that when her family faces economic problems her life can change dramatically.
1.across the board 全面地；包括一切地；
He has read Shakespeare's poems across the board.
2.intervene vi. 干涉；调停；插入
We enjoyed the picnic until a thunderstorm intervened.
3.puberty n. 青春期；开花期
The figure of a girl fills out at puberty.
4.duress n. 强迫；监禁
He thought her confession had been made under duress.