Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls, is the first in a series of global reports on girls to be published over the next nine years by Plan. Timed to be released on the United Nation’s International Day of the Family, it warns that the Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders are likely to fail girls living in poverty.
Global statistics highlighted in the report paint a bleak picture of some of the challenges facing girls and young women growing up in the world’s most impoverished regions:
Girls aged 15-19 account for 50% of victims of sexual assault worldwide
Birth complications and unsafe abortions are the leading cause of death for young women aged 15-19
Stunted growth in estimated 450 million women as a result of childhood malnutrition
Approximately 7.3 million young women are living with HIV/AIDS, in comparison to 4.3 million men
Two thirds of 15-19-year-olds newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are female
Sixty two million girls are out of primary school