• When girls are educated, societies are transformed. Economies grow, health improves and everyone benefits.

 

  • 65 million girls are out of school globally. Source: EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

 

  • There are 32 million fewer girls than boys in primary school. Source: Education First: An Initiative of the United Nations Secretary General, 2012.

 

  • Two-thirds of the 792 million illiterate adults in the world are female. Source: EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

 

  • A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult. Source: The World Bank, 2011.

 

  • Statistics show that when women earn an income, they reinvest 90 percent of their income in their families and communities. Source: Phil Borges. 2007. Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World. New York.

 

  • An educated mother is more than twice as likely to send her children to school. Source: UNICEF, 2010.

 

  • 10% fewer girls under the age of 17 would become pregnant in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia if they had a primary education. Source: EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

 

  • Girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children. Source: International Center for Research on Women, 2006.

 

  • If all girls had a secondary education, there would be two-thirds fewer child marriages. Source: EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.