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38,000 girls under the age of 18 will be married - TODAY (UNFPA)
In many countries across the globe, girls do not have the same access to education as boys. Worldwide, there are an estimated 130 million girls out of school. In many traditional economies, girls are subject to a heavy burden of family chores that begins in early childhood – including daily treks, often at great personal risk, to collect firewood and water. They endure high rates of sexual violence, female genital cutting, bride prices and early marriage. These are formidable barriers that block girls from fully participating in school, their local economies and their civil societies. They are traditions that steal a girl’s innocence and rob her of her dignity and basic human rights.
First and foremost, depriving girls of their education, just because they are a girl, is a human rights travesty.
Yet that is just part of the story. A girl who gets a quality education will benefit from improved overall health which helps ensure a brighter future for her, her family and the community in which she lives. As a population, more years in school results in lower infant and maternal mortality rates, a decreased risk of HIV/AIDS and other disease; an increased probability of her children attending school, and higher lifetime incomes that are invested back into the family and community. When girls are educated, communities are more stable and less radicalized and growing evidence is pointing to how this may be one of our most important, but over-looked tools, in fighting the pace of climate change (read here to learn more)
The evidence is here and it is clear – the dividend on the investment in girls education is powerful. Educating a girl is like dropping a large pebble into still water; the ripple effects are broad and deep and just beginning to be truly understood.
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Girls Education Collaborative
640 Ellicott Street
dig at the Innovation Center
Buffalo, NY 14203
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