Shocking facts on Day of the Girl
SINCE 2012, October 11 has been marked as International Day of the Girl. The UN says the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Here are some facts about girls worldwide: About 15 million girls have experienced forced sex and every week, 7000 girls under 24 are infected with HIV.
More than 200 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation.
Nearly 3 million girls have been displaced by war.
About 62 million girls of school age are not in school.
Based on current trends, almost 10 million girls will marry in 2030 alone, and more than 2 million of those brides will be under the age of 15. |