This year, the theme for the #IWD2016 was #PledgeForParity. We also joined the campaign of the Yali network #Africa4Her. In honor of this special day, we asked a group of high school students from Benin (Africa) "Why should girls go to school like boys?" Our first video is available below. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos!
|"A woman can do it better" - Beninese student said|
Around the world, girls face barriers to education that boys do not. But educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. The statistics below from the film 'Girl Rising' offer insights on those barriers and also illustrate the lasting impact education has on girls, families, communities and nations around the world.
- 31 million girls of primary school age are out of school around the world, and women make up nearly two thirds of the world's illiterate adults. (UNESCO, 2013)
- In total around the world, 62 million girls are not in school. (USAIDS, 2015)
- $33 billion is India's potential economic growth if girls received the same secondary school opportunities. (UNFPA, 2012)
- Each extra year of secondary school can help a girl increase their future earning by 10-20%.(USAID, 2015)
- Girls who complete secondary school are up to 6x less likely to marry as children. (USAID, 2016)
- 13.5 million children-most of them girls - will be married before they turn 18. About 4.4 million of them will be married before they turn 15. That's 37,000 girls today. (UNFPA, 2015)
- 1 in 5 women is sexually abused as a child. (WHO, 2014)
- Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the second cause of death among 15 to 19 old globally. (World Health Organization, 2014)
- Each extra year of a mother's education reduce the probability of infant mortality by 5%-10%. (USAID, 2015)
- Almost a quarter of young women aged 15-24 today (116 million) in developing countries have never completed primary school and so lack skills for work. (UNESCO, 2013)