Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Amazing new resource for data on girls

We were so excited to find out that Girls Discovered has finally launched! This amazing website pulls together global data on girls in an easy-to-use map format.

Data on girls is hard to gather for a number of reasons - lots of existing data sources aren't gender disaggregated (meaning we might know a number for "youth" but not boys and girls"), and girls can often be hidden from traditional methods of data collection (like, if a male researcher was sent out to a village, what are the chances someone is going to let their daughter talk to him alone?). So we are so thrilled that this new site has pulled together old and new data to easily access knowledge on girls and their status in the world. In the words of the ever eloquent GI Joe, "Knowing is half the battle."

Thanks to the Nike Foundation, UN Foundation, and our friends at Maplecroft who did such an amazing job with this database! It's absolutely a gamechanger.

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