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Dear Friends, We are grateful for your interest in participating with the Working Group on Girls (WGG) in its project to help implement the commitments made by governments at the 51st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). You will find attached all of the materials you need to begin a local discussion which we hope will lead to action to end discrimination and violence against girls. The “Summary of Agreed Conclusions on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence against Girls” and the “Indicator Cards: Education and Financing for Girls” are educational tools intended to help increase knowledge, awareness and implementation of the agreed conclusions of the 2007 meeting of the CSW. Use of these materials with youth and adult groups—in classrooms and faith-based settings—will assist citizens young and old to assess and monitor progress toward eliminating discrimination and violence against girls in their own countries. You will also find attached suggestions for using this toolkit with those affiliated with your NGO. We hope all who use them will act as agents of change and advocates for girls in their communities. We promise to incorporate your responses into a report to be prepared by the WGG for the CSW. Materials are currently available in English and Spanish on our website We hope to make the documents available in other languages as well. If you are able to translate these tools into additional languages, we will be happy to post them. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions at We hope to receive your responses by September 15, 2008 and we thank you for your continued support of our common efforts—“promoting the rights of girls in all areas and stages of their lives, advancing the rights and status of girls and assisting them to develop their full potential as women.” Peace,

The Working Group on Girls