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The Girl Effect: Saving Humanity

January 26, 2010
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i was depressed yesterday, with headlines in the UK about a rapist finally brought to justice, after killing his 16year old victim in his truck and dumping her in a field for her brother to find. I read about how a woman was butchered during her 3rd baby’s birth, requiring reconstructive surgery. Obama has a poor track record protecting women, even respecting his wife as someone other than the mother of his daughters. I had read the last in a series Outlaw Demon Wails where a woman is taken over by demons and the medical profession, held in the hospital with a catheter and therefore a form of degradation and sexual assault. And I was depressed because it’s the same story every day: women attacked by the government, the medical industry, men, and just being attacked again and again. I felt like crying. Today, I found this video, capturing the strength of one little girl, and it made me smile. I wanted to share. I want the world to know the power of women, because after all, without them, none of us would be here. So, here, a little hope for you? Watch the video and believe in the power of one little girl. It’s enormous and inspiring. I do…

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  • UNESCO reports that one of every five people over the age of 15 is illiterate, 64% of the world’s illiterate are women, and nearly 60% of the estimated 113 million children who do not attend primary school worldwide are girls.
  • UNICEF states, “education, especially for girls and mothers, will save children’s lives.”
  • For every development dollar spent, girls receive less than one half of one cent.
  • A woman or girl will reinvest 90% of her income into her family. A man will reinvest 30 – 40%.
  • When girls have received 7 or more years of education, they marry 4 years later and have 2.2 fewer children.
  • An extra year of primary school raises a girl’s lifetime wages by 10 – 20%.
  • An extra year of secondary school raises a girl’s lifetime wages by 15 – 25%.
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