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Why Girls?

Gender is social not biological. While society’s expectations affect both boys and girls, studies show that girls are more disadvantaged by them. Programs that aspire to serve men and women, or boys and girls, often end up not working well for one or the other. “You can’t just paint the walls pink and call it a girls’ program” says James Bell of the W. Haywood Burns Institute.

Universal programs always rest on some sort of assumptions about gender. And, more often than not those assumptions are male. Programs that have not accounted for gender won’t produce results. If programs not only respond to the real situations of women and girls but actually improve their situations – particularly through education – women and girls will find ways to benefit their families, their neighborhoods and their communities.