Hardships faced by girls

*Facts featured in this post were taken from Robbins (2013) documentary film Girl Rising.

I just wanted to dedicate this post to some horrific facts that I discovered while watching Girl Rising.

  • 66 million girls worldwide do not attend school, with many more fighting to continue attending
  • Boys are often chosen over girls to be educated – community and societal values places boys as more ‘valuable’ contributors to the community and economy and therefore, when presented with a choice, should be the ones to be educated
  • Where as girls are often expected to work; fetch water, care for younger children, get jobs or worse – 80% of human trafficking victims are females
  • 33 million fewer girls than boys are in primary school worldwide
  • 14 million girls under 18 will be married each year – many of whom have never been to school and cannot read or write
  • The number 1 cause of death for girls aged 15-19 is child birth – girls who marry young are far more likely to stop being educated
  • Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children
  • A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past age 5
  • Educated mothers are twice as likely to send their children to school
  • A girl has a 1 in 4 chance of being born into poverty –> without education that is where she will stay
  • Educating girls provides the biggest return for a community
  • Being a student makes girls a valued member of the community, enhances their status, improves health, makes them safer


Robbins, R. (Director). (2013). Girl Rising [Motion picture]. USA: Documentary Group


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