There are a billion reasons why we need the Day of the Girl, but let’s start with just a few facts:
- ILLITERACY – By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world’s (adult) population who cannot read.
- SCHOOL DROPOUT – Only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school.
- VIOLENCE – Worldwide children as young as age 11 are forced to work as prostitutes. Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year.
- BODY IMAGE – More than half (54%) of 3rd-5th grade girls worry about their appearance and 37% worry about their weight. More than half (57%) of music videos feature a female portrayed exclusively as a decorative, sexual object.
- PAY GAP – Women are still paid less than men The pay gap between full-time men’s and women’s earnings stands at 10.5%, whereas the overall gap when comparing the pay of all men and women in work is 20.2%
Few Female Role Models:
- Fortune 500 Companies Chief Executive Officers – Only 3% are women.
- Top Positions in Media (entertainment, advertising, telecommunications) – Only 3%
- Hollywood Top Filmmakers – Only 5%
- There has only been one female PM in the history of British politics.
- The overall the number of women in both Houses of Parliament is still less than 25%.
In the two minutes you have spent reading this
- 52 adolescent girls in the developing world will give birth
- 90 percent of whom were child brides; 1 in 7 married before the age of 15
- 4 of them will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth