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International Day of the Girl – Factsheet

Girls in School The Hunger Project - Ethiopia. International Day of the Girl 2012When a girl has the opportunity to be educated and healthy, not only does she benefit, society as a whole benefits. Educated girls marry later, have healthier children and take an active role in their communities to ensure the rights of other women are upheld.

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  • A baby girl is breastfed six to eight weeks less than a baby boy. Nearly one million child deaths could be prevented each year if girls were exclusively breastfed during their first six months of life.¹Baby Girl at Hunger Project Treatment Health Centre Uganda - International Day of the Girl
  • Half of all stunting happens in utero as a result of an undernourished mother.²
  • In India, 47% of all adolescent girls are underweight.³

Children and Marriage

  • Nearly half of all girls in developing countries become mothers before they are 18 years old.4
  • 50,000 girls die annually during childbirth, making it the number one killer of girls between age 15-19.4
  • 1 out of every 3 girls is married by the age of 18. 4


  • Girls and Boys start nursery school The Hunger Project - Ethiopia36 million primary school aged girls are not admitted in school.5
  • On average, girls receive only six years of formal education in their lives.5
  • Every year of secondary school a girl attends elevates her future income by 10-20%.6
  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past age five.6
  • Improved education of girls alone was responsible for a 43% total reduction in undernutrition across 63 countries between 1971 and 1995.7
  • When given equal access to resources and education, women can bring down the number of hungry people worldwide by 16%.8


1. Save the Children, Every Beat Matters Campaign

2. Save the Children, State of the World’s Mothers, 2012 (pdf)

3. UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2011

4. UNICEF, A Promise Renewed Progress Report, 2012 (pdf)

5. UNESCO, Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2011

6. 10×10, 2012

7. IFPRI, Explaining Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries, 1999

8. FAO, State of Food and Agriculture, 2010-11

Photo credits: David Snyder 2012

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