Invest in Girls and Women: The Ripple Effect – Women Deliver

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Invest in Girls and Women: The Ripple Effect


  • If we meet the need for modern contraception and provide all pregnant women and newborns with quality care, we can reduce maternal deaths by 73% and newborn deaths by 80% (Guttmacher, 2017)
  • Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, while men spend only 30-40% (UNAC, 2012)
  • Fully closing the gender gap in workplaces would add up to 28% trillion in annual GDP by 2025 (McKinsey Global Institute, 2015)
  • Every additional year of school for a girl increases her future earnings by 10-20% (UNGEI, 2014)
  • 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)
  • Closing the gender gap in agriculture could lift 100-150 million people out of hunger (FAO, 2011)