Imagine being born in poverty. Imagine never being able to go to school because there is too much work to do. Imagine being married off at the age of 13 because your parents are unable to support you. Imagine not having control over your own life. This is the everyday reality for millions of girls across the globe.
I stumbled across The Girl Effect quite accidentally just on time for the 2011 Blogging Campaign. I didn’t know what to write, but I couldn’t remain silent either. So I’m just going to share a few facts.
- Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls;
- 38 per cent of girls in developing countries marry before they are 18;
- A girl becomes a child bride every 3 seconds.
- Medical complications from pregnancy are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19 worldwide.
Yet, girls can be a powerful resource in the world’s fight to end poverty. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man. Educated girls are more likely to send their children to school. Successful girls will inspire others to follow in their footsteps. This is The Girl Effect.
I’ve only just begun to learn about The Girl Effect. Today I don’t know what else I can do other than spread the word and that’s what I’m doing. Watch the videos. Learn more about The Girl Effect. Read what other bloggers have to say about it. Join the campaign.