The Shocking Truth

What does it mean to be born a girl?

In the poorest regions of the world, girls are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet.

  • One billion people live in extreme poverty—70% are women and girls.
  • 57 million primary school children worldwide are out of school, 30.6 million of these children are girls.  
  • One extra year of primary school can mean 10-20% higher wages for a girl. 
  • When a girl in the developing world stays in school for seven or more years,
    she’ll marry later and have fewer, healthier children. 
  • There are nearly 60 million child brides worldwide. Some as young as 12. 
  • Girls who give birth before the age of 15 are five times more likely to die in
    childbirth than women in their twenties.
  • 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence and exploitation.
  • Nearly two-thirds of new HIV infections among youth 15 to 24 are in girls.
  • In a survey for the 2011 Girl Report, 43% of boys agreed with the statement:
    "There are times when a woman deserves to be beaten."
  • And in the same survey, 60% of children interviewed in India agreed that if
    resources are scarce, it’s better to educate a boy than a girl. 
  • $92 billion—that’s the estimated economic loss in countries that do not strive
    to educate girls to the same level as boys.

Shocking, isn’t it? But by creating sustainable projects that reach the most vulnerable and marginalized girls, we can shift these stats and create a new truth. The Because I am a Girl initiative empowers girls with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty, make friends, create a support system, stay in school, and realize their full potential. Invest in a girl and she’ll change the world. It really is that simple. See how you can get involved.

Each individual investment made in a girl—to build her self-esteem, protect her property rights, feed her properly, make sure she goes to school, provide appropriate skills training—will transform her life, lift her family out of poverty and give her the money and status to contribute to her community and the global economy. ~ 2009 Girl Report: Girls in the Global Economy

Invest in a girl and she will change the world.