Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why should we pay attention to girls?

Why should we pay attention to girls?

Because when we invest in a girl’s health or education she can start a positive ripple effect. What does ripple mean? The picture below shows a ripple effect.
1. if a liquid ripples, or if something ripples it, it moves gently in small waves
2. if a feeling or sound ripples through someone or through a group of people, it spreads gradually

Watch the video below and see if you can figure out what ripple effect a girl can start.

 Why girls?

The non-profitable organization called shows why to invest in girls.

 points some reasons for why girls have the potential of causing a positive ripple effect on their families and communities.

  1. When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
  2. An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.
  3. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
  4. More than 600 million girls live in the developing world.
  5. More than one-quarter of the population in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa are girls and young women ages 10 to 24.
  6. The total global population of girls ages 10 to 24 — already the largest in history — is expected to peak in the next decade.
  7. Approximately one-quarter of girls in developing countries are not in school.
  8. Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls.

If you’ve found this topic interesting take a look at these videos.

Yeah, girls make the difference!

Actually, we must invest in all children, girls and boys. Not just because they can make a better world, but because they deserve it.

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by Vivian Barone


  1. Congratulations Vivian, this topic is so instructive! We should pay more attention in the beginning of the problem, a dysfunctional society starts when we don’t care about the woman or girls in our world, they are so important as everybody in this system, a woman has an indispensable power to make the things different. Like the videos shows us, valued girls has more chances to be better in her job or life. We are all equal and everybody should have his chance!

  2. Thanks Wagner.
    I agree completely with you. "Investment in girls' education may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world" (Larry Summers).