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[Perspectives] Suzanne Petroni: pushing equity for girls and young women

Next year, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), based in Washington, DC, USA, will celebrate its 40th birthday, and singing loudly will be its Senior Director for Gender Population Development, Suzanne Petroni. “Our main focus is on promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries”, she says. “Our work goes deep into the causes and contexts of gender inequity, as we seek to better understand, for example, how to end the harmful practice of child marriage, how to increase access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and why it is that suicide has overtaken maternal mortality as the leading cause of death among adolescent girls globally.”