Throughout the world, the dreams and potential of girls are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities.
Great progress has been made in East Asia and Pacific towards girls’ school attendance and gender parity in education, but deeply rooted gender inequalities in the region keep girls and boys from having equal opportunities in their lives.
The higher value placed on boys can lead to sex selection before a child is even born. Girls are at risk of child marriage in some communities and early pregnancy. Women and girls are expected to carry domestic workloads and care for family members, while their voice and participation in public life carries much less weight. Violence against women and girls is another result of gender inequality.