Adolescent girls have tremendous potential to be strong, bright, and curious leaders, sports stars, prime ministers — you name it. But adolescent girls in developing countries face a number of challenges that can make it difficult to fulfill their aspirations. Join Girl Up and you can help girls globally live their dreams.
Did You Know?
- Studies show that every year of schooling increasing a girl’s future earning power by 10 to 20 percent.
- Less than half a cent of every development dollar goes to programs specifically for girls, particularly those ages 10-14.
- Girls make up more than half of the world’s 143 million out-of-school youth.
- One in seven girls in the developing world marries before the age of 15.
- In Liberia, 41.7 percent of women have received no formal education.
- In Liberia, close to 45 percent of girls ages 10-14 have received no formal education.
- Girls who receive an education marry later, have fewer children, and are more likely to seek healthcare for themselves and their children.
- The positive impact of girls’ education has been shown to transcend generations, resulting in better health outcomes among women, their children, and eventually their grandchildren.
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- Violence kills and disables as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer.
- Younger women are at higher risk of physical or sexual abuse than older ones.
- In 2008, women held only 18 percent of parliamentary seats worldwide.
- Providing girls with leadership skills and including them in the decision-making process is one of the major tools to spark economic and social change.
- Statistics show that women and girls reinvest 90 percent of their income in their families and communities.
- Girls often face social isolation and lack access to many services. For example, peer education programs, even if not school-based, are unlikely to reach urban girls, who are largely confined to the home.
- When it comes to funding, a vast majority of youth assistance bypasses girls.
- Data show that in some cases, 80 to 90 percent of youth program participants are boys.
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 UN Millennium Project. 2005. Taking Action: Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering Women. Task Force on Education and Gender Equality. London and Sterling, VA: Earthscan.
 Levine, R., C. Lloyd, M. Greene, C. Grown. 2008. Girls Count: A Global Investment and Action Agenda. Washington, D.C.: Center for Global Development.
 Phil Borges. 2007. Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World. New York.
 Malhotra, A., S. Mathur, M. Mehta, P. Moktan, and P. Bhadra. 2000. “Adolescent Reproductive Health and Sexuality in Nepal: Combining Quantitative and Participatory Methodologies.” Paper presented at Annual Meetings of the Population Association of America, March 23-25, Los Angeles.