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FAMILY PLANNING UNLEASHES THE GIRL EFFECT A GLOBAL CHALLENGE UP TO ONE-HALF OF GIRLS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES BECOME MOTHERS BEFORE THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY #1 KILLER PREGNANCY AND OF 15-19 CHILDBIRTH ARE THE YEAR-OLD GIRLS 1 in 7 girls marry before turning 15 in developing Countries MARRIED GIRLS: A GLOBAL PROBLEM OF FIRST BIRTHS THAT OCCUR BEFORE 90% 18 HAPPEN WITHIN MARRIAGE Worldwide, over 51 million adolescent girls 15-19 are married 51,000,000 Equal to the population of England WHAT CAN BE DONE? END CHILD MARRIAGE MARRIED GIRLS In developing countries 14 million girls ages 15-19 give birth every year FOCUS ON NATIONAL PRIORITY AREAS FOCUS ON LOCAL PRIORITY AREAS Prioritize areas within countries where child marriage is the highest % MARRIED UNDER 18 Tambacounda 75% Senegal 39% 20-30 30-40 40-50 50-60 AREAS WITH THE BIGGEST NEED = AREAS WITH THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY INVESTING IN GIRLS IS SMART ECONOMICS Cost of preventing an adolescent pregnancy is JUST $17 PER YEAR Reducing adolescent pregnancy in India by 10% could add $767 million to the Indian economy Sources: Population Council THE GIRL

Why Girls?

shared by WeberShandwick on Jul 18
However, when it comes to adolescent girls’ access to family planning and contraceptives, we’re still at the starting line.


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