The impact of COVID-19 means girls and women are set to wait another generation to reach gender equality. It could now take a staggering 135.6 years to close the gender gap, across areas including education and health (World Economic Forum).
The power of friendship
While girls and young women continue to lead the movement towards gender equality, we need both girls and boys to meet it.
Friendship is key to this. But in many places, social norms between girls and boys mean there is often little opportunity for them to build these kinds of relationships. This is especially the case during adolescence, when roles in society shift and adolescent girls in particular face unique challenges.
We believe, however, that adolescence provides an opportunity to start conversations about gender equality and why it benefits everyone.