Invest in Girls and Women

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Sources: Women Deliver, 2010; Plan International, 2009; IMF, 2012; FAO, 2011; UC Berkeley Haas School of Business,2012; USAID, 2012

Facts and Figures

Girls & women are at the heart of development:

Improve health

  • Women who use maternal health services are more likely to use other reproductive health services, and to seek health care for their children.

Strengthen economies

  • When 10% more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases by an average of 3%

Benefit families

  • Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, while men spend only 30–40%.

Increase productivity

  • Eliminating barriers to employment for girls and women could raise labor productivity by 25% in some countries.

Investing in girls and women will...

Create sustainable nations

  • Growing evidence shows that corporations led by women are more focused on sustainability.

Reduce hunger

  • Closing the gender gap in agriculture could lift 100–150 million people out of hunger.



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