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'Girl Rising': Ending Gender Disparities in Education and Tech Access Is Key to Global Prosperity

67 million girls under the age of 15 are not in school each day. Eliminating the obstacles to that can have a multiplier effect on social change.


Every morning, students around the world wake up and go to school. However, millions of children face tremendous barriers each day that prevent them from getting what many in the U.S. take for granted—an education. The majority of these children are disadvantaged girls who are challenging the social norms of their families, their communities, and their nations that have deterred them from receiving an education.

67 million girls under the age of 15 are not in school each day. Research shows that when more girls attend school and stay, there is a highly positive impact on their families, communities and economies. Yet, around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education, such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination, lack of access to healthcare, and school fees. Eliminating these obstacles can have a multiplier effect on social change—increasing girls' future wages, reducing infant mortality, creating more transparent businesses, increasing a country's GDP, and leading to faster economic growth.

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