The Girl Effect Fact Sheet

1 One in seven girls in the developing world (excluding China) will be married before the age of 15. 4 One-third of girls in the developing world will be married before the age of 18.
2 If nothing changes, there will be 142 million child marriages in developing countries between now and 2020. That’s 37,000 girls a day. 5 Girls from poor families are nearly twice as likely to marry before 18 than girls from wealthier families.
3 Child brides have a pregnancy death rate double that of women in their 20s.  

Ending Violence against Women

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1 Half of all first births in the developing world are to adolescent girls. 3 Girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20 to 24
2 Medical complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19 worldwide. 4 If a mother is under the age of 18, her infant’s risk of dying in its first year of life is 60 percent greater than that of an infant born to a mother older than 19.
1 Closing the joblessness gap between girls and their male counterparts would yield an increae in GDP of up to 1.2 percent in a single year. 3 Giving women the same access to non-land resouces and services as men could increase yields on women’s land by up to 30 percent, raise total agricultural output in developing countries by upto four percent and reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100-150 million.
2 An extra year of primary school education boost’s girls’ eventual wages by 10-20 percent. An extra year of secondary school adds 15-25 percent.  

Economic Empowerment

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1 When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. 4 Girls who stay in school during adolescence have a later sexual debut, are less likely to be subjected to forced sex and, if sexually active, are more likely to use contraception than their age peers who are out of school.
2 Secondary school completion rates for adolescent girls is below five percent in 19 sub-Saharan African countries. 5 On average, only 70 percent of girls with 28 hours or more per week of household chores attend school. When that chore burden is reduced to less than 14 hours, 90 percent attend school.
3 In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than one in five girls makes it to secondary school.  

Post-2015 Development Agenda and SDGs

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1 Worldwide, nearly 50 percent of all sexual assualts are against girls aged 15 years or younger. 3 Worldwide, an estimated five million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are living with HIV. More than 60 percent - 3.2 million - of young people living with HIV are girls.
2 Among those whose first experience of sexual intercourse was forced, 31 percent were less than 15 years old at the time. Another 14 percent were aged between 15 and 17. 4 Each year, an estimated three million girls experience genital mutilation or cutting.
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