63 million girls are out of school
Every girl deserves control over her future - the power to make her own choices about her health, family and career. But gender inequality starts early and too often the effects last a lifetime.
Globally 63 million girls are out of school, half of whom are adolescents. If girls never make it to school, how will we ever achieve gender equality? If girls don’t receive a quality education, how will they earn enough to support themselves and their families? If girls are one and a half times less likely to complete secondary education than boys, how will we ever achieve gender equality?
Creating a more equal future starts with school.
Raise your voice
So far, Global Citizens have taken more than 100,000 actions for girls, and we’ve had incredible impact. On 7th July, decision-makers came together at the Girls’ Education Forum in London to make pledges that are set to affect the lives of 1.2 million girls. Here’s how:
- The UK government committed to help an extra 175,000 of the world’s poorest, most marginalised girls get a quality education. And this pledge goes even further - it will also ensure an extra year of support for 1 million girls already helped by the UK aid budget.
- The governments of the UK, US, Norway, Canada, South Sudan, Tanzania and Afghanistan signed up to a plan to get every girl in school and learning. This is a HUGE deal. Until now, there had been no concrete plan outlining how the world will achieve Global Goal 4 - a quality education for all - for girls.
- The US will help Afghanistan train teenage girls to become teachers - and South Sudan will increase female teachers from 12%-40% in the next 5 years! More female role models = more empowered girls!
But if we truly want to get every girl in school and learning, we need everyone on board.