Additional factors include:
700m women alive today were married before 18 – more than one-third of them before age 15.
Some 2.5bn people – two-thirds of whom live in Asia, and a quarter in Sub-Saharan Africa, still use unimproved sanitation facilities. The lack of safe, private toilets, including in schools, make women and girls vulnerable to violence. Barriers to completing school Poverty, customs that favour the education of boys over girls and the distance to travel to school are just some of the underlying factors that exacerbate gender gaps in education.