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The Girl Effect

September 27, 2010


Give a girl a chance and she can change the world, that’s The Girl Effect. The conditions of girl child living in poverty in developing countries is miserable. It’s hard for most of us to even imagine what they have to go through just becase they were born in a poor family. I am glad various organizations have taken up the cause of focusing on girl child, but still a lot need to be done which calls for collective action from not-for-profit organizations, policy makers and individuals. A girl child if given a chance can change the whole scenario drastically, what she needs is just an opportunity. So spread the word and do your bit. Here are some facts compiled by girleffect.org .

  • Approximately one-quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school.
  • Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls.
  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
  • Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher levels of schooling among mothers.
  • When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percentof it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
  • One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15.
  • One-quarter to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before age 18; 14 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth in developing countries each year.
  • A survey in India found that girls who married before age18 were twice as likely to report being beaten, slapped, or threatened by their husbands as were girls who married later.
  • Medical complications from pregnancy are the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide. Compared with women ages 20 to 24, girls ages 10 to 14 are five times more likely to die from childbirth, and girls 15 to 19 are up to twice as likely, worldwide.
  • 75 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds living with HIV in Africa are female, up from 62 percent in 2001.

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  • 1. Science Is Beautiful &raq&hellip  |  January 7, 2011 at 1:04 am

    […] here. It’s a complicated issue with various variables involved, but I guess focusing on education of girl child especially in developing countries can go a long way in solving this problem. Share/Bookmark […]

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