The State of the World’s Girls 2013 – Because I am a girl -what is educating a girl worth?

Because I am a Girl, The State of the World’s Girls 2013
Plan UKThis 2013 ‘Because I am a Girl’ report looks at what happens to adolescent girls in disasters, and why. Using original research, reviews of secondary material, and the voices of girls themselves, we show how adolescent girls’ rights are being ignored before, during and after disasters, both in the urgency of a disaster response, and in the gaps between humanitarian and development work. We examine the tension between girls’ vulnerability to violence, and the resilience that they so often show in times of crisis. We look at what needs to be done, and give examples of good practice. We make the argument that listening to what adolescent girls have to say, ensuring that both their rights and their needs are catered for, and strengthening their resilience, is a key missing piece of humanitarian work.

Click to download the full report, or the executive summary.


The Global Partnership for Education’s new infographics below remind us how and why investing in girls’ education makes a difference, here are some facts:

> Some countries lose more than $1 billion per year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys,

> Women’s education has prevented more than 4 million child deaths in the past 40 years

> Investing in girls education could boost agricultural output in Africa by 25%

For further information, see UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report Education Transforms: download the Girls’ Education Factsheet and see the Education Transforms website.




Read this piece by Susan Ngongi,UNICEF Representative in Ghana, to learn more about the transformative role that girls could have in growing Ghana’s economy, if they receive the right investments.




Investments in girls yield the greatest national dividends:

Mothers transmit their social and economic status to their children more easily than fathers. Educated young women have smaller families and healthier children. They are less likely to marry young or die in childbirth, more likely to send their children to school, and better able to protect themselves and their children from malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, and sexual exploitation. An educated girl has better opportunities. She is more likely to get a job and earn a higher wage, and her nation’s economy is likely to benefit as a result. An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 per cent and an extra year of secondary school by 15 to 25 per cent. One percentage point increase in female education raises the average level of GDP by 0.3 percentage points. Well implemented, schools boost productivity and are a great equalizer of opportunity. This is the main avenue through which to develop the skills of girls. Ghana has achieved parity between boys and girls in primary school, but the gap begins to show in secondary school and by the tertiary level there are approximately twice as many boys as girls.

Source: UNGEI


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