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In 1975 the first International Women’s Conference promoted education for women, health for women, opportuinities for women…

In 1979 the International Year of the Child promoted education for children, health for children, opportunities for children…

There were women. And there were children. Two separate categories. It has taken until the 1990s to apply feminism to childhood - and to see the predicament of girl children as quite distinct from that of boys. For girls, the time has come.

February 1993, Issue 240

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Girls and girlhood
Time we were noticed. Girls don't exist, according to experts. Can we remove our gender blinkers? asks Maggie Black.
Eva, the incredible invisible girl!
A cartoon by Kate Charlesworth.
The unwanted sex
In India, preference for sons leads to gross injustice. Sakuntala Narasimhan reports.
Maids of all work
Hidden away, the most exploited child workers of all are domestics, according to Judith Ennew.
A passage out of hell
Trying to get off the streets of Brazil. By Anthony Swift.
Being a girl
At two-and-a-half, in Germany; at six as a Goddess in Nepal; and at 10, as a small British bully.
Going to grannie's
African women are speaking out against the mutilation of female geitalia, as Janie Hampton discovers.
Girls - the facts
Life chances, health, schooling, work - what do we know about girls?
Lolita's not to blame
The damage of sexual abuse can easily last a lifetime - if the girl thinks she's to blame. Roxanne Snider explains.
Chalking up victories
Schooling is the gateway to better female life chances. Reports from Shahidul Alam and Raana Haider in Bangladesh, Ajoa Yeboah-Afari in Ghana, and Sara Cameron in Barbados.
Simply - the fiction, the fantasy
Who are their role models and how are girls around the world portrayed?
Action and worth reading on girls
Doing more and learning more about the situation of girls.
Letters
What you've been telling us. Plus Letter from Lahore.
Update
In the news this month.
Reviews
Film, music and book reviews this month.
Curiosities
Readers' answers to your questions.
Endpiece
Paul Davies questions the peace process in Cambodia.
Country Profile - Indonesia
Have things improved since 1981?