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Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls and Migration in the Developing World

June 3, 2013

Washington, D.C.

This session presents highlights from the latest "Girls Count" report published by the Population Council. The 2013 report, which focuses on adolescent girls and migration in developing countries, illuminates increasing girls' migration to urban areas in pursuit of education and economic opportunities.
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A Gender and Development Seminar Series Event

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Presenters:

Mark R. Montgomery, Professor of Economics at Stony Brook University and a Senior Associate in the Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, the Population Council in New York 

Mark R. Montgomery is a Professor of Economics at Stony Brook University and a Senior Associate in the Poverty, Gender and Youth Program at the Population Council in New York. His research centers on empirical models of urban population growth, poverty, and health, with particular attention to the implications of climate-related risks. From 1999 to 2003, Montgomery served as co-chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Panel on Urban Population Dynamics, and was lead editor of its 2003 report, Cities Transformed: Demographic Change and Its Implications in the Developing World, a comprehensive analysis of the economic, social, and political features of urbanization in poor countries. He has also served as chair of the Scientific Panel on Urbanization of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), and was a member of the Roundtable for Urban Living Environment Research (RULER) on urban health metrics and methods, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Montgomery holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Miriam Temin, Public Health and Social Policy Consultant, the Population Council

Miriam Temin, a public health and social policy consultant at the Population Council, has expertise in adolescent girls, HIV, sexual and reproductive health, and social protection. From 1998 through 2007, she worked with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF. She served as a Senior HIV Policy Advisor at UNICEF Headquarters and a Health Advisor at DFID Headquarters and Regional Office in Zimbabwe. As a consultant, Temin has developed strategies and provided evidence and policy advice on women’s health, adolescent girls’ transformative potential, orphans and vulnerable children, and HIV-sensitive social protection. Temin’s clients include the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, WHO, and other international organizations. Prior to leading the development of Girls on the Move, Temin was the co-author of another Girls Count report in 2009, Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health, produced by the Center for Global Development. She is the author and co-author of several other influential reports and peer-reviewed publications. Temin has a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Maureen Greenwood-Basken, Executive Director, Women, Girls and Population Program of the United Nations Foundation

Maureen Greenwood-Basken is the Executive Director of the Women, Girls and Population Program of the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and coordinates the gender work across the foundation. For the past two decades she has led advocacy-based efforts for global social justice, development and human rights.  She founded UNF’s Universal Access Project (UAP), a multi-stakeholder partnership to reach universal access to reproductive health care by strengthening US leadership. Maureen also served as the Interim Director for the Family Planning2020 Task Team, a multi-stakeholder partnership to enable 120 million women to have voluntary access to family planning by 2020. She previously worked as the Acting Managing Director of the Government Relations and Advocacy Development Unit of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) in Washington.  For a decade she served as an AIUSA Advocacy Director covering the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia, women, and other human rights topics. She conducted human rights field work in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s working for the Union of Councils. She earned a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Discussant:

Dilip K. Ratha, Lead Economist, DECPG, World Bank

Moderator:

Jeni Klugman, Director, Gender and Development, World Bank