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parts of South Asia, a system of bonding children out for loans is common. The debt is extended for a long period because it is built upon by accrued expenses and unjust practices by the debtors. Girls are used more often than boys because of their culturally inferior status, which is common amongst many societies. This common position of inferiority makes the girl-child more exploitable than other members of society. The global economy is encouraging and supporting non-personal business ethics abroad.. Companies should treat their foreign employees the same as their domestic ones. If a US or Japanese corporation provides sanitary work conditions, and wages that will provide a sufficient living and economic advancement for domestic employees, the same should be applied to foreign

ones. Corporate watchdogs should receive more international governmental and political support. The key to diminishing the exploitation of girls worldwide is to give them a voice. Girls are many times seen as the property of their parent or family to be given away to another family, or man, through marriage; having no individual self-identity. There are already initiatives to give children in general, voices. They are organized, regionally and globally. In Peru, a 15 year old girl named Patricia is heading a national child worker movement. Other NGO’s are promoting initiatives to organize and educate children. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international and effective watchdog for children and girls. International education on these issues is important.

People have to be made aware of these atrocities. Pressure for the home communities of these companies will make them aware that their actions are being watched and are important to those outside of the exploited countries. GLOBAL GIRLHOOD Girlhood is a very relative term and concept. Girls in general are usually female children before adulthood. It’s this designation of adulthood for girls which draws the border culturally. Between wealthy and poor countries, the difference is luxury. Also, within countries, the same applies. The wealthier a person’s surroundings, the more a female can take the privilege and ease of being a “girl”. A girl is often treated as a helpless person always in need of male or adult aid and intervention. I believe girlhood is directly related to

marriage and motherhood in mane cases, or either sex. Girls are made women by men through sexual intercourse or marriage. Or, girls transfer to a type of pseudo-womanhood through the elevation of their reproductive capacities. Menstruation is considered the gateway, but childbirth actually catapults girls to womanhood. Girlhood varies I in different cultural contexts. In the US, a white middle class female of 22 will still be considered a girl if not married, while her 16 year old counterpart in India may have already had a child and fears “dowry death” from her in-laws. Girlhood is also tied to personal responsibility. In contemporary times, girls are sometimes considered more of women when they can be financially and socially independent from parents and family. This is

more prevalent in Western societies, especially among more privileged groups. In the US, girlhood is praised and desired by all age groups. This want for innocence is prevalent in the entertainment industry. Actresses look younger with every aging year. Magazines show poses of women giving innocent and youthful glances. Starlets strive to look youthful instead of aging gracefully. Fifty year old women on TV don’t look like any I know personally. Suzanne Summers and Cristie Brinkley don’t look a day over thirty. These re the images of womanhood in our country. Being a girl is trendy. Men seek younger girls when trying to recapture their own youth. In the US, girlhood is viewed as carefree, sexually experimental, and sexy. The assumption is that a girl will b taken care of at

all phases in life. This is a luxury not afforded to girls in impoverished areas who will most likely always have t fend for themselves in some way throughout their entire life. But, globally girlhood is considered precious. In some social contexts, a very romantic idea and phase of life. Girls are a precious commodity because of their position in society as children,. Their future reproductive contributions, and their rightful place as fellow human beings. They should be studied and considered separately because of the status they have been placed in as children, females, and many times impoverished by careless adults and societies. OPPORTUNITY AND GIRL’S DEVELOPMENT Girls throughout the world experience different levels of freedom and social opportunity. Western societies