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The Girl Effect is passionately dedicated to spreading awareness about the tragic lives of adolescent girls in the developing world. They stress the importance of education-among other things- in order to keep the girls safe as well as empower them to inflict change.
Here are some FactSnacks provided by The Girl Effect's website:
- An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10%-20%. An extra year of secondary school: 15 %-25% percent
- When a girl in the developing world receives 7+ years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children
- When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families, as compared to only 30%-40% for a man
- 1 in 7 girls in developing countries marry before 15 (38% marry before 18)
- One quarter to one half of girls in developing countries become mothers before the age of 18
In Nicaragua, 45% of girls with no schooling are married before 18 versus only 16% of their educated counterparts. In Mozambique, the figures are 60% versus 10; in Senegal, 41% versus 6!
Girl Effect is full of passionate people striving to eradicate poverty and give girls the chance at a better life. To visit their website CLICK HERE and you can make a donation, spread their key messages/videos through Twitter and Facebook, and learn more on what they are all about. I encourage you to visit their website and learn about how these young girls can make a difference.