Girls Grow: Girls in Rural Economies

The Honorable Catherine Bertini, Chair, Girls in Rural Economies; Cochair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Women and girls living in rural areas of the developing world play a vital yet unrecognized role as agricultural producers. These girls are the mothers of tomorrow with the power to break the cycle of poverty and in turn change the lives of their children. Given food price volatility and concerns about food insecurity, a renewed focus has been placed on rural areas of the developing world, and women and girls hold the potential to be agents of food and nutritional security and economic growth. Join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs to hear Catherine Bertini speak about the Council’s latest report, Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies, which highlights the opportunity to bring about successful rural transformation through strategies that include a special focus on rural adolescent girls.

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