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SDG X: How your country can earn an extra billion every year

This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.

131 million young women are currently out of school, according to a study done in 2016 by the Global Partnership for Education. This means that a girl is 1.5 times more likely to be denied a primary school education than a boy. Poverty and violence remain the two main factors against equitable education, making sub-Saharan Africa one of the areas with the lowest number of girls in school. So, why should you care?

Here’s why:

By not giving girls the same level of education as boys, some countries can lose more than 1 billion dollars annually. Yes, I said billion, with a b.

On the bright side, some people are trying to make a difference in the education of girls. Icons such as Malala Yousafzai are raising awareness against all odds, funding platforms such as the Global Partnership for Education have helped 64% of partner countries have an equal number of boys and girls completing primary school, and initiatives such as the International Day of the Girl are motivating more people to get involved.

The International Day of the Girl was created by the United Nations with the purpose of empowering girls and, consequently, reducing statistics such as the fact that somewhere around the world a young woman dies every 10 minutes due to violence. This year, the events are going to be centred around the importance of educating girls everywhere, including those in conflict zones and poor areas. 2017 carries the theme: “EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict”. With the worsening of wars, a girl who lives in a conflict zone is 90% more likely to be denied a primary school education than a girl in a conflict-free area.

Now, you might be asking yourself how you can make a difference in all this. If so, congratulations! You just took the first step towards helping the world provide a better, more equitable education for all. There are several ways you can help, in fact, GPE (Global Partnership for Education) has a hole advisory board composed solely by young activists. So yes, there are ways you can get involved! Here are some of them:

  • There are several events happening around the world to promote the International Day of the Girl. Research and take part in your local event.
  • Donate to funds that are directed to solving this issue.
  • Simply try to influence the people around you into destroying outdated mindsets and empowering girls and women around them.
  • Speak out on what you think is right and don’t let anyone stop you!

We, the youth, have the power of making a huge impact in the future of girls everywhere. All we need to do is get up and act, now!

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