Today is the International Day of the Girl, bringing awareness to the needs of girls around the world and encouraging us to advocate for their education and empowerment.
So why do we need an International Day of the Girl? This is why.
1. Globally, 66 million girls out of school. (UNESCO)
2. 80% of all human trafficking victims are girls. (UNFPA)
3. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school (Education First)
4. 75% of AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa—the region hardest hit by the disease—are women and girls. (UNAIDS)
5. In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence. (UNIFEM)
6. 50% of all the sexual assaults in the world are on girls under 15. (UNFPA)
7. 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year; 38 thousand today; 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. (UNFPA)
8. The #1 cause of death for girls 15-19 is childbirth. (World Health Organization)
9. Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children. (National Academies Press)
10. A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. (UNESCO)
11. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school. (UNICEF)
12. School is not free in over 50 countries. (UNESCO)
13. A girl on planet earth has a 1 in 4 chance of being born into poverty. (The World Bank)
14. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult. (The World Bank)
15. Women operate a majority of small farms and business in the developing world. (Focus on Five)
16. If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. (CIA World Factbook) (Global Campaign for Education and RESULTS Education Fund)
17. There are 600 million girls in the developing world. (The World Bank)
We have voices. It is our responsibility to use them.