Why Girls?

The Ripple Effect

HAPPINESSWhen a girl is educated, the effects of that education trickle down to her children, community and country. If women and girls achieve an education beyond primary school, then the risk of poverty decreases exponentially for the next generation.

Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls.

Human Rights Watch, “Promises Broken: An Assessment of Children’s Rights on the 10th Anniversary

of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” [December 1999]

Less than 2¢ of every development dollar goes to girls.

Nancy Gibbs, “To Fight Poverty, Invest in Girls,” Time Magazine [February 2011]

Women’s education was the single most important factor behind falling levels of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world according to a 30-year study.

The US Institute of Food and Nutrition

A girl who receives secondary and higher education beyond grade 7 has, on average, 2.2 fewer children.

United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population 1990

Girls with secondary schooling are up to six times less likely to be married as children than those with little or no schooling.

UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children 2007, UNICEF, New York, 2007, p4-6

An extra year of primary schooling raises a woman’s eventual wages income by 10%. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25%.

George Psacharopoulos and Harry Anthony Patrinos, “Returns to Investment in Education: A Further

Update,” Policy Research Working Paper 2881[Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2002]

Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, compared with 30% to 40% among males.

Chris Fortson, “Women’s Rights Vital for Developing World,” Yale News Daily 2003

Every extra year of schooling reduces infant mortality by up to 10%.

T. Paul Schultz, “Health and Schooling Investments in Africa,” The Journal of Economic Perspectives 13, no. 3 [1999]

The facts exist, and they should not be ignored – our World is a better place when we educate girls.