The facts are simple. For every year a girl stays in school, her average yearly income increases by 10%.
When girls and women finish school, they get better paid jobs. And when girls and women get well-paid jobs, they reinvest 90% of their income back into their families and communities.
That’s how we break the cycle of poverty. So what’s going wrong?
In simple terms, not enough girls are going to school. And here’s why …
Poverty is the greatest barrier to accessing an education. 66 million girls are currently not in school across the globe. When average family incomes are less than €400 per year, and tuition fees alone can be as much as €200, families have to make terrible choices.
Simply going to school can put a girls health and well-being at risk with higher levels of bullying, harassment, and sexual assault. 10% of girls in developing countries have been subjected to forced sexual activity in the past 12 months.
Girls living in countries affected by conflict and war are 90% more likely to miss school than girls in peaceful areas. During conflict, girls are asked to take on extra-responsibilities which forces them to choose between school and their family.
Early Marriage robs girls of their childhood and their future. One in three girls in the developing world marry before the age of 18. More often than not, they are taken out of school to work full time in their new home. 60% of child brides have had no formal education
Every 2 seconds a girl is forced to marry early
Every 4 seconds a girl gets pregnant
Every 6 seconds a girl has her body mutilated