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Emily Leys
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Emily Leys is Global Director for Girls' Education at Room to Read, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving literacy and gender equality in education across Asia and Africa.

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A New Script for Women: Education Over Adversity

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 9:29 AM

Nearly 1 in 3 adolescent girls in South Asia are married or in union. In Zambia, 61% of adolescent girls justify wife beating. In Bangladesh, of all young women of secondary school age only 47% attend secondary school. We are overwhelmed by daunting statistics and stories of gender-based violence and...

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Giving Girls a Voice

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 2:45 PM

Today, 25,000 girls got married. All of them were under 18 and most had no say in when or who they would marry. The overwhelming majority will drop out of school if they haven't already. This is not acceptable.

Early marriage and pregnancy among teenage girls is common in developing...

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