250 million adolescent girls live in poverty. They are the most powerful force for change on the planet.

Girls can play a crucial role in solving the most persistent development problems we face in the world today.

When we include girls in education, health and economic investment we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. But girls can't do it alone; they need the world to listen to them and invest in their potential.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE GIRL EFFECT?

The girl effect is a movement. It's about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world. It's about making girls visible and changing their social and economic dynamics by providing them with specific, powerful and relevant resources.

Created by the Nike Foundation in collaboration with the NoVo Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls, the girl effect is fuelled by hundreds of thousands of girl champions who recognise the untapped potential of adolescent girls living in poverty.

HOW DOES THE GIRL EFFECT ADDRESS POVERTY?

  • In India, adolescent pregnancy results in nearly $10billion in lost potential income per year.
  • In Uganda, 85 per cent of girls leave school early, resulting in $10billion in lost potential earnings.
  • By delaying child marriage and early birth for one million girls in Bangladesh, the country could potentially add $69billion to the national income over these girls' lifetimes.

It's an investment we cannot afford to overlook.

SOUNDS GREAT - WHAT CAN I DO?

Make the case for girls. We need more people to get the word out, and we need more advocates for change in government, business, healthcare, education and at grassroots level. This is where you come in.

THIS IS YOUR SITE. THIS IS HOW YOU CAN USE IT.

Here on girleffect.org you'll find the information and tools you need to unleash the girl effect. You'll discover case studies that show the girl effect in action, plus toolkits, videos and papers to download and use in your own work. And this is just the start.

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