Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Here are some statistics you probably didn't know about the girl child! #InternationalDayOfTheGirlChild

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The 11th of October has been reserved by the United Nations as the International Day of The Girl Child. It is also called 'Day of the girl.' The first day of the girl was celebrated on the 11th of October 2012. The theme of this year's edition is "Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls." In celebration of this day here are some statistics about issues still limiting the progress of many girls around the globe:

-One girl under the age of 15 years is married every 7 seconds. This practice is common in countries like India, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia.

-One in three girls in developing countries (except China) get married before they turn 18. Girls who are child brides miss out on education, are more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence, and bear children before they are physically or emotionally prepared.

-Across the globe, rates of child marriage are highest in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 4 in 10 girls marry before age 18; about one in eight were married or in union before age 15. This is followed by Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and North Africa, where 24 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively, of women between the ages of 20 and 24 were married in childhood

-There are 31 million school-aged girls who don't have the opportunity to attend elementary school.

-About 35 percent of women across the world have encountered physical or sexual violence.

-More than 90 percent of teenaged girls have said they wish they could alter the way they looked.

-There are still 31 million girls of primary school age out of school. Of these 17 million are expected never to enter school.

-Nearly half of all adolescent girls think a husband is justified in hitting a partner

-Three countries have over a million girls not in school: In Nigeria there are almost five and a half million, Pakistan, over three million, and in Ethiopia, over one million girls out of school.

-If all mothers completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds, saving 98,000 lives

-In sub-Saharan Africa, if all women completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by 70%, saving almost 50,000 lives.

-According to a 2013 UNICEF report based on surveys completed by select countries, Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) is known to be prevalent in 27 African countries, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, where 125 million women and girls have undergone FGM.

The girl child is the future. Better girls, make better mothers, who make better sons. Let us invest in girls! Support the movement! #BetaGirls


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