Monday, September 19, 2011

22 facts


miriamatahirouMiriama- a 13 year old girl in our Girls at Risk School

Getting ready for the Day of the Girl coming up on September 22, here are 22 facts for you to know about girls' rights!

1. Over 500 million adolescent girls and young women live in the developing world.

Girl safety

2. 21% of girls age 15 to 19 around the world are already married.

3. Almost 50% of girls between 15 and 19 years old believe that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances.

Girls at school

4. Each extra year of education increases a girl’s income by 10 to 20 per cent and means she is more likely to have a smaller, healthier family and to start to break the cycle of poverty in which so many communities are trapped.

5. Girls literacy rates are 13% less than boys worldwide.

6. Fifteen percent of girls worldwide can't read and write.

7. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 33% of girls between 15 and 24 years old can't read and write!

8. Only 88% of school aged girls are enrolled in primary school - and only 77% actually attend on a regular basis.

9. Only 60% of all secondary school aged girls are enrolled at school.

Girls and poverty

10. A sixth of the world’s young people live on less than $2 a day, including 12 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa who live on less than $1 a day.

11. 27% of girls living in the least developed countries are involved in child labour.

12. Young women who are economically empowered in decent, secure work or successful small businesses, and who enjoy equal rights to property and land ownership, are better equipped to create a solid future for themselves, their families and communities.

13. An economically independent young woman has more power in the home to make decisions that affect the health and education of family members.

14. If girls could start successful business or get good jobs with decent pay, both countries and households would experience economic growth.

City girls

15. A girl is much more likely to go to school if she lives in a city – in developing countries school attendance for girls from 10 to 14 is 18 per cent higher in urban than in rural areas, and 37 per cent higher for young women between 15 and 19.

16. Girls who live in cities are less likely to be married at an early age – for example, in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, 50 per cent of young women in rural areas are married by the time they are 18, which is about twice the rate of young women in cities.

17. There are at least 100 million street children globally - approximately 30% of those are girls.

Girls' health

18. Girls are discriminated against even before they are born, as the practice of female foeticide and sex selective abortion demonstrates. An estimated 100 million women are ‘missing’ as a result.

19. Half of all new HIV infections occur in people aged 15 to 24 - girls represent the majority of new infections in this group

20. 20% of women who are now 20-24 gave birth before age 18.

21. Girls have a longer life expectancy than boys - we live almost 10% longer as a group.

The next generation

22. Girls are the mothers of the next generation. Give a girl the skills and opportunities she needs in life and as a woman she will pass them on to her children.


So leave a comment and tell me, which number strikes you the most?

*statistics courtesy of Plan Canada- Because I am a Girl.


Anonymous said...

no 10 tragic! so believe that no 22 is the only way forward.. praying lost of folks read this. I 'shared' your youtube on my Fb and it has been 'reshared' by UK friends. Thanks for your tireless work, your heart for the girls and for continuing to challenge us ;-) blessings Jenny

Judy said...

# 14 - 'Cause it strikes me that the leaders of these countries and communities don't take this to heart if it means improving the economic growth of the whole country! I can potential see them not being that concerned about one individual or perhaps one family, but the whole country? Hmmm!

Inky'Spot said...

Thanks for this list. Can I link or re-post?

Anonymous said...

#3 disturbs me - but honestly, all 22 do...

Ashley @ Root And Twig said...

100, 000,000 street children? It's hard to get my head around such a staggering number.