250 million adolescent girls live in poverty. They are the most powerful force for change on the planet.
Girls can play a crucial role in solving the most persistent development problems we face in the world today.
The Girl Effect is a global movement. It\'s about the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world.
Insights show that when you take a holistic approach to improving a girl\'s life through education, health, safety and opportunity, these changes have a positive ripple effect. As an educated mother, an active, productive citizen and a prepared employee, she is the most influential force in her community to break the cycle of poverty.
An educated girl will reinvest 90 per cent of her future income in her family, compared with 35 per cent for a boy. And yet 250 million adolescent girls live in poverty and are more likely than boys to be uneducated, to be married at a young age, and to be exposed to HIV/AIDS. As long as girls remain invisible, the world misses out on a tremendous opportunity for change.