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When we invest in girls and women, everybody wins! Share these infographics to show why girls and women belong at the center of sustainable development.

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  • Girls and Women spend 90% of their earned income on their families , while men spend only 30-40. (UNAC, 2012)
  • Female farmers having the same access to resources as men = 150 million fewer hungry people (FAO, 2011)
  • If the need for modern contraception was met...
    • Reduce unintended pregnancies by 70% (Guttmacher, 2014)
    • Reduce unsafe abortions by 74% (Guttmacher, 2014)
    • Decrease maternal deaths by 25% (Guttmacher, unpublished)
  • Each additional year of secondary schooling = 15 – 25% increase in a girls potential earning (UNICEF, 2011)
  • Sanitation would make 1.215 billion women’s lives safer and healthier (WaterAid, 2013)

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  • Half of the world’s population today - over 3.5 billion people - is under 30, mostly living in developing countries (EuroMonitor, 2012)
  • More than 39,000 girls under 18 are married each day (WHO, 2013)
  • Pregnancy and childbirth-related complications are one of the leading causes of death among girls 15-19 (WHO, 2012)
  • Young women make up more than 60% of all young people living with HIV, or 72% in sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF, 2011)
  • In some countries, nearly half of girls report that their first sexual encounter was coerced (IPPF, 2013)

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  • The average life expectancy for women is 82 years in high-income countries and 63.1 years in low-income countries (WHO, 2014)
  • 64% of illiterate adults are women (UNESCO, 2011)
  • Girls and Women spend 90% of their earned income on their families , while men spend only 30-40. (UNAC, 2012)
  • One in four women is physically abused during pregnancy (UNFPA, 2013)
  • Globally, nearly 40% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner (WHO, 2013)
  • Every day, 39,000 girls are forced into early marriage (WHO, 2013)
  • Women make up only 22% of Parliamentarian seats (IPU, 2015) and 8% of the world's executives (The Economist, 2005)
  • 95% of countries have a male head of state (UN Women, 2015)

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  • 225 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning (Guttmacher, 2014)
  • The impact of the unmet need:
  • Spending one dollar for contraceptive services reduces the cost of pregnancy-related care by $1.47 (Guttmacher, 2014)
  • Investing $9.4 billion annually to fully meet the need for modern contraceptive services would…
    • Reduce unintended pregnancies by 70% (Guttmacher, 2014)
    • Reduce unsafe abortions by 74% (Guttmacher, 2014)
    • Decrease maternal deaths by 25% (Guttmacher, unpublished)
    • Drop newborn deaths by 18% (Guttmacher, unpublished)

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  • Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, while men spend only 30-40% (UNAC, 2012)
  • Eliminating barriers to employment for girls and women could raise labor productivity by 25% in some countries (IMF, 2012)
  • Closing the gender gap in agriculture could lift 100-150 million people out of hunger (FAO, 2011)
  • Growing evidence shows that corporations led by women are more focused on sustainability (UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, 2012)
  • When 10% more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases by an average of 3% (USAID, 2011)

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  • 31 Million girls of primary school age are not enrolled in school (UNESCO, 2013)
  • Enrollment rates in sub-Saharan Africa are:
    • 100 girls per 100 boys in pre-primary education
    • 92 girls per 100 boys in primary school
    • 84 girls per 100 boys in secondary school
    • 61 girls her 100 boys in tertiary school
  • If we could keep girls in school beyond grade 7, they would be…
    • More likely to marry 4 years later (PMNCH, 2013)
    • More likely to have an average of 2.2 fewer children (PMNCH, 2013)

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  • 289,000+ women die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications each year (WHO, 2013)
  • Nearly 3 million newborn babies die every year (UNICEF, 2013)
  • Motherless children are up to 10 times more likely to die within 2 years of their mother’s death (UNICEF, 2013)

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