I first discovered The Girl Effect a few months ago when I watched the clip below. I loved it to much that I blogged about it back then too! The clip explains the positive effects education and delayed marriage have on girls in many third world countries. Take a look for yourself:
If you didn’t watch the clip, here’s what it says (although it’s much better when it’s watched on the clip!)
We have a situation on our hands.. and the clock is ticking..
When a girl turns 12 and lives in poverty.. her future is out of her control..
In the eyes of many, she’s a woman now.. No, really. She is.
She faces the reality of being married by the age of 14..
pregnant by the time she’s 15..
and if she survives childbirth she might have to sell her body to support her family..
which puts her at risk of contracting and spreading HIV.
Not the life you imagined for a 12-year-old. Right?
But… the good news is, there’s a solution.
Let’s rewind to her at 12..
Healthy and happy..
She visits a doctor regularly..
She stays in a school where she’s safe..
At 18 she uses her education to make a living..
Now she’s calling the shots and it looks something like this..
She can avoid HIV..
She can marry and have children when she’s ready..
and her children are healthy like she is.
Now imagine this continuing for generation after generation.
You get the picture right?
50 million 12-year-old girls in poverty equals 50 million solutions.
This is the power of the girl effect.. An effect that starts with a 12-year-old girl.. and impacts the world.
The clock is ticking..
I’m usually wary of causes which support only one gender, especially if there’s a bit of a radical feminist twist – but The Girl Effect isn’t like that at all. Yes, it’s all about girls but they do have a point. Girls are suffering. They are getting married too young, having children too young. The consequences linked to these two events are huge. And with less than 2 cents of every international aid dollar going to support girls it’s important that we actively and deliberately get behind them.
Here’s an inspiring clip, sharing the story of a young woman who has grabbed her life and run with it. She exemplifies The Girl Effect in action.
This is The Ripple Effect..
When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more
years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2
An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages
by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school:
15 to 25 percent.
Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship
between better infant and child health and higher
levels of schooling among mothers.
When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent
of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 for a man.
“The Girl Effect is about girls.
And mums and dads and villages and towns and countries.”
The Girl Effect is about looking at what women are naturally gifted for and giving them what they need to do it.
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