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The Girl Effect

October 4, 2011

Hundreds of bloggers are writing about The Girl Effect today. What is The Girl Effect? Here’s the simple idea, in about 2 minutes:

Why? Here’s some facts:
When it comes to girls in the developing world, there is bad news and good news.

The bad news:

  • 25% of girls in the developing world are not in school
  • 1 in 7 marries before age 15. 38% are married by the time they are 18.
  • Complications from pregnancy are the #1 cause of death for girls age 15-19 in the developing world – because their bodies are not yet ready to bear children. Compared with women age 20-24, girls 10-14 are 5x more likely to die from childbirth, and girls 15-19 are twice as likely.
  • One study showed that women who are married before age 18 are twice as likely to report being slapped, beaten or threatened as girls who married later
  • .

The hopeful, remarkable, very good news:

  • on average, when a girl receives 7 or more years of school, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children
  • only 1 extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual ages by 10-20%
  • when women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families, as compared to only 30-40% for a man.

That is why the global community is now recognizing that investing in girls’ education and health is the #1 solution to bring entire families and communities out of poverty.

When girls thrive, everyone thrives. I love the video below because it shows how one confident young woman can make a big difference – she started her business with $37:

If you’d like to spread the word, write a post and link up at Tara Mohr’s site.

Here’s a giving page, too.

  1. October 4, 2011 11:28

    It boggles my mind that this is still a reality. I just might write a post about it.

  2. October 6, 2011 20:04

    Beautiful post and even more beautiful sentiment. Thank you for sharing that!

    I’m definitely going to re-post the video and make sure it gets shared.

    I’m also going to add your blog to my Blogroll.

  3. October 11, 2011 16:47

    “when girls thrive, everyone thrives.” WELL SAID.

    • October 11, 2011 22:09

      It struck me one day that the best places in the world to live by almost any measure (literacy, stability, civic participation, health) were the countries where women are most equal. Coincidence? I think not.


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