International Day of the Girl Child cel­e­brated

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As the world marks the International Day of the Girl Child, women’s rights ac­tivists point to progress on a wide ar­ray of is­sues but say more needs to be done to pro­tect girls from child mar­riage, sex­ual as­sault and other forms of ex­ploita­tion.

Ex­perts say girls in their first decade are bet­ter po­si­tioned for suc­cess than their moth­ers and grand­moth­ers were, thanks to ad­vances in health care and nu­tri­tion, and wider ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. But they say more must be done to keep ado­les­cent and teenage girls in school, and to pro­tect them from vi­o­lence, un­in­tended preg­nan­cies and forced mar­riage, which re­mains com­mon in much of the de­vel­op­ing world.

— Hearst wire ser­vices

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