There are 7.16 billion people on the planet.

Half of them are female.

 

The challenges facing girls and women globally:

 

 250 million adolescent girls currently live in poverty

 33 million adolescent girls do not attend school

Almost 12 million girls in Sub-Saharan Africa never get the chance to enroll in school

 1 in 7 girls in developing countries marries before her 15th birthday

 

But, there is promise for the future:

 

A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to live past the age of 5

A woman’s earnings will be 10-20% higher for every year of school completed

Children with educated mothers are twice as likely to go to school

 

Data from UN Girl Up! and CARE

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