The Issues:

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. 



We need to provide women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes in order to fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.


As girls move into adolescence – gender disparities widen. Child marriage affects girls far more than boys. Globally, nearly 15 million girls under age 18 are married every year— or 37,000 each day.


Marrying young also affects girls’ education. About one third of developing countries have not achieved gender parity in primary education. In sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania and Western Asia, girls still face barriers to entering both primary and secondary school.

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