Facts About Girls

“If we educate a girl, we educate a family and a whole nation.” ~African Proverb


70% of the world’s 130 million out-of-school children are girls

An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages 10-20% while an extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25%

In sub-Saharan Africa only 17% of girls enroll in secondary school

There are 875 million illiterate adults – 67% are women


Pregnancy is the world’s leading cause of death for girls 15 to 19 years old

In Sub-Saharan Africa a woman has a 1 in 3 chance of dying in child birth compared to a risk of risk is 1 in 4,085 in industrialized countries

14 million girls age 15-19 in the developing world give birth each year

75% of HIV affected youth in Sub-Saharan Africa are girls ages 15-24


12 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $1 a day

Women and girls reinvest 90% of their income into their families while men only reinvest 30-40%

Sources: The Girl Effect, UNICEF, The Coalition for Adolescent Girls, World Bank 2007