Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Girl Effect

Why should we pay attention to girls? A lack of data reveals how girls have been overlooked. For millions of girls in the developing world, there are no systems to record their birth, citizenship, or even their identity. 

However, through the ripple effect:

  • When a girl in the developing world receives 7 or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
  • One extra year of primary school can increase a girls' eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school, 15 to 25 percent.
  • When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for men.
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