"In the poorest regions of the world, girls are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet.
---One billion people live in extreme poverty—70% are women and girls.67 million children worldwide don’t go to school, over half are girls.
---One extra year of primary school can mean 10-20% higher wages for a girl.
---When a girl in the developing world stays in school for seven or more years, she’ll marry later and have fewer, healthier children."
This site links to the "Because I Am a Girl" initiative which is designed to break the cycle of poverty and strengthen communities. http://www.planusa.org/becauseiamagirl/ ;