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Why Britain is helping poor girls get better education

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Movements such as #Time’sUp and #MeToo have rightfully moved sexism and discrimination out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

The problems we have in our own country are considerable and we must tackle them — robustly. But issues with gender equality in the UK should not stop or blind us to the flagrant sexism masquerading as “tradition” that is not only holding millions of the world’s poorest girls back but snatching away their futures.

It is sexism that says a girl’s value is based on how many children she has, or the marital match she makes. And it’s sexism that makes some parents invest more in their sons than in their daughters.

The fact is patriarchal attitudes are shutting 130 million girls out of the classroom.

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