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Why girls?

Why girls?

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Girls

are key to ending
global poverty

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WHY GIRLS? WHY GIRLS?

If girls are given a chance...

to stay in school, get access to health services, delay marriage and childbirth,

... it's not only them who benefit - so do their children, families, communities, and countries.

Ethiopia
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$4bn

If every Ethiopian girl finished school it would add almost US$4 billion to the country's economy.

Nigeria
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$13.9bn

If young Nigerian women had the same employment rates as young men, the country would add US$13.9 billion to its GDP annually.

India
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$383bn

If adolescent pregnancy was delayed in India, it would add US$383 billion in potential lifetime income.

This can happen. But first all girls need the opportunities that many don't have:

  • Health

    Education

    Education

    When a girl gets

    7+

    years of education, she marries 4 years later & has 2 fewer children on average.

  • Education

    Safety

    Safety

    Girls can't succeed when they live in fear. Yet

    30 million

    girls are currently at risk of FGM before their fifteenth birthday.

  • Safety

    Voice & rights

    Voice & rights

    Every day,

    37,000

    child marriages happen.
    Give girls their rights
    and this will stop.

  • Voice & rights

    Health

    Health

    50%

    of all first births in the developing world are to adolescent girls, but with access to information and services, this will change.

  • Economic security

    Economic security

    Economic security

    Girls would increase
    global GDP by

    5.4%

    if empowered with the job skills they need.

  • Perception change

    Perception change

    Perception change

    For girls to

    thrive,

    we need to to tackle the entrenched beliefs and social norms that hold girls back. They need to be seen as equals. By everyone.

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It might seem a lot.

But it gets simpler
when we start
with a girl.

A girl like Christine, 17, from Burundi.

She grew up in extreme poverty, but now she's changing the lives of those around her.

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Christine
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Meet Christine

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Christine
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“I run my own business, selling maize in the market. Business is good and with my profit I built a small home. Now I'm saving to send my child to school.

It's a very different start to the day compared to two years ago.”

Christine

Born into extreme poverty, Christine's parents could only afford to send two of their children to school, so they chose her brothers.

As the family slipped deeper into financial trouble, Christine eventually began exchanging sex for food and clothes, leaving her pregnant and on the streets.

Christine

But Christine got the help she needed to turn her life around, with a small loan from CARE's Ishaka (“courage for the future”), a group programme.

“After joining the Ishaka project, I took out my first loan. I started to buy and sell corn.

Within months, I made enough money to build a small home for me and for my child.”

Christine

Thanks to the success of Christine's maize business, she's now planning to open a restaurant.

“I'm really proud of myself. My child and I have food to eat, clothes to wear, and dignity.

Local girls see my success and come to me for advice on how to achieve similar things.”

The Christine effect

Christine's confidence and success comes from having control of her money, and as a result, economic security for her and her son.

She's using her opportunity to create change for others and boosting Burundi's GDP with it.

Christine isn't a superstar. She's a girl who was given the opportunities she needs.

Multiply this by

250 million girls

living in poverty

and imagine what this can do for the world.

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This is the largest girl generation in history.

Which means we have the biggest opportunity to change the world. Yet right now, fewer than

two cents in every aid dollar

goes to adolescent girls.

Let's change that.
Investing in girls will:

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Unleash their full potential
to shape humanity's future

Let's change that.
Investing in girls will:

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Create stronger global economies

Let's change that.
Investing in girls will:

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Break the cycle of Global poverty

That's the power of
The Girl Effect
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