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Women and girls 'hit the hardest by world recession'

21 January 2013 Last updated at 21:40 GMT

Women and girls were hit the hardest by the global recession, according to child rights and development organisations.

"The world is failing girls and women," a report by Plan International and the Overseas Development Institute said.

A shrinking economy sent girls' infant mortality soaring, and more females were abused or starved, they said.

Nigel Cassidy reports.