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Proving the Value of Girls in Bangladesh

Girls often have fewer opportunities for education and jobs than boys -- a fact that the Millennium Development Goals are trying to address. Furthermore, research shows that girls without an education are more likely than boys to be hungry and poor as adults. In fact, women disproportionately suffer from hunger. But attitudes about gender are hard to change. 

In Bangladesh, Shilpi's Mom thought a son would be better than a daughter. That was until Shilpi started weaving and selling mats, which led her to buy a cow, which eventually led her to build a house for her family. Now, says Shilpi:

My mother used to think if I had been a son instead of a daughter our life would have been much easier. But now she thinks, "my daughter has done more for our family than a son would ever do."

Learn more about Shilpi's story by watching the video above.

This story is part of our Wednesday ViewChange video series.


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