The 2020 Asia Girls Report is Plan International’s inaugural research report on the situation of girls in Asia and part of our contribution to the sustainable development agenda.
The report introduces the Asia Girls’ Leadership Index, the first of its kind to present the status of girls’ leadership across six domains in 19 South and Southeast Asian countries. Globally there are wide gaps in the availability of credible data on adolescent girls.
The Index is a powerful tool that can be used by national governments and their development partners to inform, monitor and measure investments in girls’ leadership and development, and to close the gender gap by 2030.
In 2020, nearly 68 million girls are expected to be born. The analysis presented in this report shows that while girls’ lives are better today than they were 25 years ago, these gains are uneven across regions and countries. This is particularly true for adolescent girls.
To accelerate progress, girls need to be involved in both the decision making and designing of solutions that impact their future. This report demonstrates the need to focus on the realities girls face today and addresses the critical issues of ending gender-based violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM); making sure girls have access to 12 years of education and the skills they need for the workforce; and improving girls’ health and nutrition.
The evidence provides a foundation for recommendations to global, national and regional stakeholders on important actions that would enable girls to successfully transition into adulthood with the ability to make their own choices and with the social and personal assets to live a fulfilled life.
This report on Girls in Crisis is the fourth in a series commissioned by Plan International and the only one to focus on adolescent girls who are refugees in a city. The urban environment brings particular challenges, especially in the context of Lebanon which hosts the largest number of refugees per capita in the world, including a recent influx of 1.5 million fleeing the conflict in Syria.
Within these urban refugee communities, and elsewhere, the unique impact of crisis on adolescent girls is often overlooked. This report, drawing on research carried out in three different research sites in Beirut and its suburbs explores the experiences of adolescent girls. It seeks to amplify their voices and perceptions of their lives and communities, and presents their views on how the humanitarian sector might respond to the challenges they face.
This research is an in-depth and ambitious look at female leadership: close to 10,000 girls and young women shared their ideas and experiences.
Three-quarters of them told us they aspire to be leaders. But we know that only 24% of parliamentarians worldwide and only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
What does it take for girls to become leaders, to take control of their lives and their futures: at home, at work and in their communities and countries?
In many countries, the data we need on girls and women doesn’t exist yet, or is imcomplete. For example, we don’t know the number of girls who leave school due to different reasons. We can’t close the gender gap without first closing the data gap. We are creating an independent data tracker with different partners. The tracker will measure progress for girls and women and help ensure governments deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals’ promises of equlity by 2030.
The vision is simple: a world in which improved gender data inform the decisions and investments that can transform the lives of girls and women by 2030.
Throughout, we will raise our woices on issues that matter and amplify the voices of girls and women – presenting ‘data with a soul’ by revealing first-hand insights into the barriers girls and women face and their experiences with overcoming these barriers.