International Day of the Girl Child

Why girls?

Did you know?

  • 70% of the one billion people living in extreme poverty are women and girls.
  • Girls are 3x more likely to be malnourished than boys.
  • In the poorest countries of the world, 50% of girls do not attend secondary school.
  • Girls and women in the world's poorest countries are the most vulnerable members of society, denied the same rights and opportunities as their brothers.

The power of girls

"And yet research is also clear that when girls reach their full potential, through improved status, better health care, and education, it is the most effective development tool for society as a whole. As a country's primary enrolment rate for girls increases, so too does its gross domestic product per capita."

- Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General

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