The Launch of the Report
Contributions from the Audience
PLAN's latest report outlines not only the immediate impact of the global recession on young women but also the longer term impact of failing to invest in young girls.
In September Cherie Blair attended PLAN's 'Girls Mean Business' launch where she gave a key note speech. The global financial crisis is affecting everyone, but it is girls and young women who are feeling it most. In the third year of their latest report, Girls in the Global Economy: Adding It All Up 2009, PLAN International are analysing the important role that girls and young women play in economic growth, and urging societies to keep up by paying attention to the talents and potential of half their population.
PLAN's latest report outlines not only the immediate impact of the global recession on young women but also the longer term impact of failing to invest in young girls. More girls become involved in child labour and are pulled out of education into domestic work, girls are first to lose their jobs, and more and more are forced into the sex trade which results in billions of dollars being lost each year to local economies.
Cherie saw presentations from Cynthia Steele of EMPower, Youth Career Initiative Programme manager Alberto Canovas, Andrew Morrison of The World Bank campaign, Because I am a Girl and finally Alisha Fernandez Miranda from Goal, an initiative which uses sport and life skills education to transform the lives of unprivileged girls in India. Cynthia Steele discussed the various ways the charity EMPower can help adolescent girls and young women, whilst Andrew Morrison talked about the benefits of The World Bank's pairing with the Liberian government to give adolescent girls economic development and Alberto Canovas explained the YCI Programme's six month education course for disadvantaged youths.
Cherie's speech followed these presentations and she spoke about her involvement in PLAN's campaign to improve the position of girls throughout the world by investing in their futures. She discussed the barriers girls still face when trying to achieve their potential and made the point that governments increasingly understand that investing in the education of girls is the best investment that can be made for the health of their society and strength of their economy.
Cherie hopes to play her own part through her Foundation for Women by helping women set up and grow their own businesses in those societies where they are still denied equal access to business development, finance and the support of wider networks. For more information about Plan's campaign click here