Extreme poverty means spending your life on a desperate search for what is a given for most of us -- sustenance, shelter, security. It means a constant struggle to find the option that you hope will do the least amount of harm. Too often, it forces women and girls into vulnerable positions. It charts courses for their lives they did not choose and do not want. It’s a thief that steals health, potential, joy and hope. It robs them and it robs all of us of their gifts and contributions.