Girls in some parts of the world are seen as a burden. These girls are denied their basic human rights, to equal access to health care, education, mobility, freedom from violence and abuse. These girls are not able to choose their path in life, who they will marry or when they will have their first child.

But, just like you and I, these girls have dreams. And these girls have the capabilities to drastically change their own lives and the lives of their families and others in their community. As long as someone is willing to break the vicious cycle. Through access to education, these girls have a greater chance of delaying their age at marriage and first pregnancy, thus, increasing their chances of living through pregnancy and childbirth dramatically. Given the chance, they can learn to earn an income, they can empower themselves and others and they can change the value of a girl.

And most of all. These girls have a name.

What if you were denied your dreams, just because you were a girl?

Let us join the movement to mobilize the girl effect!

There are several movements around the world, working toward mobilizing this girl effect. The videos above are taken from girleffect.org.

If you are in Sweden, you can join the movement through Musikhjälpen, featuring several artists and celebrities promoting the rights of girls to attend school. Listen to the radio and help support the rights of girls’ education.

If you need to understand the process visually, see this great video from girleffect.org:

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  1. Dear Julia, great initiative! I want to contribute sharing part of an intersting speach made by Anthony Lake’s (UNICEF ED) in the Plenary Session: “The Social and Political Costs of Inaction Adolescent Rights: What Progress” at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, at Harvard University on 8 December 2011.

    “…There are more than 500 million adolescent girls living in the developing world today. Every one of them can potentially help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, with ripple effects multiplying across her society.

    For example, an extra year of primary school can boost girls’ future wages by between 10-20 per cent. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 per cent of it into their families … compared to men, I blush to say, who invest only 30-40 per cent.

    And, yet, too often, girls are overlooked and undervalued. Many are treated as commodities…married off too young…only to die in childbirth when they are still children themselves.

    Educating girls is the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. And it is false economy not to invest in them even in hard economic times.”

    Go girls!!!.

    Mariano

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