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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Because I am a girl ...

Because I am an advocate for all girls' causes , I have joined several movements that focuses on girl's rights.  One of them is Because I am Girl- Canada., http://blog.becauseiamagirl.ca.  This is how I started writing my blog. Asking questions such as - what am I passionate about? What is my purpose in life? how can I change the world in my own little way?

Don't get me wrong, I do read your fashion, tips, family and all the fun stuff. So keep em coming! Because I am speaking to moms out there who has daughters, who are sisters, grandmothers, I know this is the right audience and platform for me.

Making this change is not easy.  It was a huge lifestyle shift to the right direction. I have never been sure in my whole life.  I grew up in the ugly streets of Manila, we had nothing but the basics. I was once part of the statistics below:

1. Over 500 million adolescent girls and young women live in the developing world.

2. 21% of girls age 15 to 19 around the world are already married.

3. Almost 50% of girls between 15 and 19 years old believe that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances.

4. 100,000 girls are child soldiers.

5. Each extra year of education increases a girl’s income by 10 to 20% and means she is more likely to have a smaller, healthier family and to start to break the cycle of poverty in which so many communities are trapped.

6. Girls’ literacy rates are 13% less than boys worldwide.

7. 15% of girls worldwide can’t read and write.

8. In Sub-saharan Africa, 33% of girls between 15 and 24 years old can’t read and write!

9. Only 88% of school aged girls are enrolled in primary school – and only 77% actually attend on a regular basis.

10. Only 60% of all secondary school aged girls are enrolled at school.

11. A sixth of the world’s young people live on less than $2 a day, including 12 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa who live on less than $1 a day.

12. 27% of girls living in the least developed countries are involved in child labour.

13. Young women who are economically empowered in decent, secure work or successful small businesses, and who enjoy equal rights to property and land ownership, are better equipped to create a solid future for themselves, their families and communities.

14. An economically independent young woman has more power in the home to make decisions that affect the health and education of family members.

15. If girls could start successful business or get good jobs with decent pay, both countries and households would experience economic growth.

16. A girl is much more likely to go to school if she lives in a city – in developing countries school attendance for girls from 10 to 14 is 18% higher in urban than in rural areas, and 37% higher for young women between 15 and 19.

17. Girls who live in cities are less likely to be married at an early age – for example, in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, 50% of young women in rural areas are married by the time they are 18, which is about twice the rate of young women in cities.

18. There are at least 100 million street children globally – approximately 30% of those are girls.

19. Half of all new HIV infections occur in people aged 15 to 24 – girls represent the majority of new infections in this group

20. 20% of women who are now 20-24 gave birth before age 18.

21. Girls have a longer life expectancy than boys – we live almost 10% longer as a group.

22. Girls are the mothers of the next generation. Give a girl the skills and opportunities she needs in life and as a woman she will pass them on to her children.

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The F.L.A.G team
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Becky Jane said...

I agree, that empowering women while still remembering we're women and not trying to be men is freeing and uplifting. We are of such value to our families and society.

What you are accomplishing with FLAG is a great thing. The church (LDS) that I belong to has what is called the Perpetual Education Fund. It is funded by donations from it's members and the money is used to help 3rd world members gain an education that will lift them and their families from poverty into productive and more fulfilling lives.

Charlotte said...

Love your blog, just stopping by from Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop, hope to see you back over at http://www.clippin4acause.com!!

corabeth said...

Following you from Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop. I would love it if you would follow back! Thanks!! =0)
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Rachel Joy said...

Awesome post...without women there would be no one, literally.

Susan said...

AMEN to number 22 girl!!

Spanish Pinay said...

more power to women!

@Becky Jane - I love your comment and I can't agree more! As a woman we should continuously seek for empowerment and equal rights with men but not asking to be like men :)

Love this post.

Spanish Pinay