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EQUALITY NOW presents The Dreams of a 12 Year Old Girl Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world. In 2004, Equality Now launched its Beijing +10 campaign to end discriminatory laws.

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equality now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world

Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.

at age 12 a girl stands on the edge of adulthood she has dreams about the life she wants to lead

At age 12, a girl stands on the edge of adulthood. She has dreams about the life she wants to lead.

she hopes to make choices and wants to prepare for the challenges she will face

She hopes to make choices and wants to prepare for the challenges she will face,

the woman she will become.

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In spite of the progress made since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, many laws around the world overtly discriminate against her because she was born female.

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My father can prevent my mother from working if he thinks it against the interest of their marriage or children.

do you know that the law in my country
Do you know that the law in my country:
  • Requires me to obey my husband
  • Considers my husband the head of our marital property, the sole administrator of our joint property?
i see my mother and aunts who cannot leave the house without their husbands permission

I see my mother and aunts who cannot leave the house without their husbands’ permission.

I don’t want that to happen to me.

why should i forgo my right to inheritance and family property if i decide to get married

Why should I forgo my right to inheritance and family property if I decide to get married?

In my country, I would have to.

how can i be treated equally with my brothers if my country s laws discriminate against me

How can I be treated equally with my brothers if my country’s laws discriminate against me?

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Mexico has reformed its law that allowed girls to be married at 14 and boys at 16. The marriage age is now 18 for all.

governments incur no costs in ending discriminatory laws it is free

Governments incur no costs in ending discriminatory laws – it is free.

All we need is political will.

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Get involved.Join me in creating a world of opportunity for girls.Support Equality Now’s campaign to end discriminatory laws worldwide Log on to www.equalitynow.org