hi everybody – today October 11th is International Day of the Girl!!!! #girlpower! Tomorrow October 12 is my 16th Birthday aka my fav day of the year!!!This got fabuluc thinking… I am so lucky to have been a girl in the fabuluc US of A- Here are some quick facts to consider:
1)One in seven girls in the developing world marries before the age of 15
2) Most adolescent pregnancies ( 90 percent) take place in marriage
3)Medical complications from pregnancy are the leading cause of death among girls ages 15-19 worldwide!!!!!
4)Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18.( that is 28 girls every minute!!!!)
think about it
This matters not only because lives of adolescent girls are literally at stake ( in childbirth ) but married girls often leave school and therefore lack the skills necessary to help lift their families out of poverty thus continuing the vicious cycle of poverty on to the next generation!!!!!!
I recently cofounded an organization Girls For the Last Girl to help young girls in India who are are victims of human trafficking !!! Stay tuned for more on that later – !!!
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