Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Girl Effect Dividend

The Girl Effect: 5 things we didn't know
September 20, 2011 - Did you know that when a girl in India becomes a teen mom, she can lose $100,000 in potential income over her lifetime?

The Nike Foundation and World Bank released a paper Monday to put emphasis on developing countries to invest in women's initiatives. There's also a nifty infographic to highlight some key points to support an organization called The Girl Effect. (Click the image above to see it in its entirety.)

The study analyzed developing countries, like Bangladesh, Brazil, Burundi, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The paper's abstract talks of the link between investing in girls and the potential increase in a nation's income by examining three "prevalent aspects of adolescent girls' lives: early school dropout, teenage pregnancy and joblessness."

The study's authors also stated, "A World Bank study in 1999 demonstrates through data simulation for a selection of 100 countries, that increasing the secondary education of girls by 1 percent results in annual income increase of 0.3 percent per capita. Such an increase is substantial for many developing countries." read more>>>

The Girl Effect Dividend

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