The annual flagship State of the World Population (SWOP) Report of the United Nations Population Fund for 2016 focuses on investing in the 10-year-old girl. The SWOP Report is launched every year to raise awareness on important population and development issues. Ten is a pivotal age for girls everywhere, as puberty approaches. In some parts of the world, a girl at this age enjoys limitless possibilities and begins making choices that will influence her education and, later, her work life. But in other parts, a girl who goes through puberty is suddenly seen as a commodity that may be bought, sold or traded. “Impeding a girl’s safe, healthy path through adolescence to a productive and autonomous adulthood is a violation of her rights,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin says.