Despite their commitments to girls, as we approach the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, very few governments have incorporated specific provisions for girls into their national plans of action, as called for by the nine strategic objectives of Section L-The Girl-Child.
Meanwhile, many hundreds of grassroots NGOs, worldwide, have been working long and hard to bring visibility to the difficult situation of girls. To protect girls’ rights they have worked to create girls’ educational programmes, to support the full development of girls, and to urge governments to keep their promises to girls.
Many of these NGOs work locally, isolated from each other and from the international community. They have little opportunity to learn from each other, to share information, or to work together. The Network also offers a girls’ rights interpretation of the CRC, CSW and CEDAW.
Set up in 1995, the International Network for Girls (INfG) has grown to over 500 members in almost 100 countries, and publishes “Action for Girls” in Spanish and English. Through their diverse activities and programmes in education, health, nutrition, issues around child labour and sexual exploitation, Network members share a common focus: improving girls’ rights. Working collaboratively, the INfG is developing its collective strength to advocate for girls’ rights worldwide.
The INfG welcomes membership from organizations and institutions working with and for girls. For further information, a membership application, or to be added to the Network’s mailing list, please contact: