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Why Girls?

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 EFFECT.org

Why Girls?

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However, when it comes to adolescent girls’ access to family planning and contraceptives, we’re still at the starting line.

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