Girls the world over are being short-changed because their talents are unrecognized, Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, said recently at the Girls Leadership Summit hosted by the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign. "And when a girl can go to school safely, can study and be free from abuse, when she can access health care and have the chance to fulfill her God-given potential, she will not only have a head start but she will contribute to her families and communities," she said.

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