Why A Day?

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.
  • FORCED MARRIAGE – One in seven girls in developing countries is married off before age 15.dotgcollage
  • 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%.

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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
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