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.