Gendered social norms can manifest in ways that impact which games children and youth play, who their friends are, where they are able to go and what they are able to do. These norms can also create barriers to accessing education, limiting or discounting of their agency and voices, and in the form of gender-based violence. Harmful gender norms prevent equal access to health care, education and employment. Children of all genders deserve equal access to opportunities and to achieve their dreams.
When we advocate for policies that support children regardless of their gender, entire communities benefit. ChildFund is currently advocating for the passage of the Girls Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) Act, which would promote girls’ civic and political participation and leadership. The bill would support programs to build girls’ skills and confidence and improve their access to leadership opportunities, so they can meaningfully participate in decision-making that affects their lives and their communities.
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