DR Congo: Minister sees wide gap in education of girls, boys in DRC

Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Uneducated young girls by far outnumber young boys to the ratio of 7 to 1 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gender, Family and Children's Affairs Minister Geneviève Inagosi said Saturday as the country marked the International Day of the Girl Child.

Quoting the national demographic and health report of 2013/2014, she said the number of teenagers between 15 and 19 years who had a sexual experience has risen from 24% to 27% in  the country.

According to the minister, problems that girls encounter in developing countries are the same and concern discrimination in all spheres of life, limited access to education and health, sexual violence based on gender, child labour, early marriages and early pregnancies.

"Empowering teenage girls, breaking the cycle of violence" was the theme chosen for this year's  International Day of the Girl Child in DR Congo.
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