“Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls.” – United Nations Foundation

“Child marriage rates were halved among 13- to 15-year-olds in Bangladesh who were enrolled in school for 3 years.” – United Nations Foundation

“When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families.” – United Nations Foundation

“The impact of investing in girls is intergenerational. A mother with a few years of formal education is considerably more likely to send her children to school, breaking the intergenerational chain of poverty. In many countries each additional year of formal education completed by a mother translates into her children remaining in school for up to an additional one-half year.” – United Nations Foundation

“82 million girls in developing countries who are now between the ages of 10 and 17 will be married before their 18th birthday.” – United Nations Foundation

“In selected countries, the mortality rate of children under five is highest among those whose mothers had no education. It is lower if the mother has had some primary schooling; and lower still if she has benefited from secondary education” – United Nations Foundation

“Girls’ education is proven to increase not only wage earners but also productivity for employers, yielding benefits for the community and society.” – United Nations Foundation

“One-quarter to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before 18, and girls under 15 are five times more likely to die during childbirth than women in their 20s.” – United Nations Foundation

“One sixth of the world’s young people live on less than $2 a day, including 122 million girls in Sub-Saharan Africa who live on less than $1 a day.” – United Nations Foundation

“75 percent of all HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa among people ages 15 to 24 are young women.” – United Nations Foundation

“Nearly half of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls 15 and younger.” – United Nations Foundation

“Women who have control of their own income tend to have fewer children, and fertility rates have shown to be inversely related to national income growth. Girls and young women delaying marriage and having fewer children means a bigger change of increasing per capita income, higher savings, and more rapid growth.” – United Nations Foundation

“When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has two fewer children.” – United Nations Foundation

“A 72-country analysis found that where the literacy gap between boys and girls exceeds 25 percent, HIV prevalence exceeds 5 percent; conversely, HIV prevalence rates fall to 3 percent in areas where the literacy gap between boys and girls is below 5 percent.” –  United Nations Foundation