The Importance of the Number Twelve (The Girl Effect )

Twelve :

Cover Art: "The Girl Knight" Copyright © Eric Muthoga, 2011Twelve:

Is the age the Girl Effect says we need to reach a girl in developing countries, before adolesence, to break the generational cycle of poverty. More than 600 million girls in developing countries are not able to fully function in society. Investing in a girl stops poverty before it starts. That’s the simple premise of the powerful force we call “The Girl Effect.”  -Maria Eitel

Twelve :
“Adolescence remains the most critical period when girls are at the greatest risk of being impacted by irreversible negative consequences. By investing in and equipping girls as early as the age of 12 we are creating the next generation of girl champions, and promoting healthier, more sustainable communities and nations,” said Maria Eitel, President and CEO of the Nike Foundation. “This is what we call the girl effect.

Twelve :
Girls are the invisible infrastructure of poverty. When we get to girls in early adolescence – before they are married, pregnant, and HIV-positive – we invest in a solution for poverty, not a cure for its symptoms. Girls are the future mothers of every child born into poverty. Girls are integral to our food security, global health, peace and stability, economic growth – the whole gamut of investments, not just education. -CNN

Twelve :
Think about it: When you educate a girl, she stays healthy, she gets married later, she gets a job or starts a business, and she then earns a solid income and provides for her family’s health and education. In other words, she has the opportunity to raise the standard of living for herself and her family. This is called The Girl Effect.

Twelve :
Girls are unique change agents. Igniting her potential and transforming her world starts a ripple effect of change – for herself, her family, and her community. When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later, and has 2.2 fewer children. An extra year of secondary school increases her eventual wages 25 percent. Multiply that by the 250 million adolescent girls around the world living in poverty and you get the most powerful force for positive change on the planet. -CNN

 

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