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The girl effect: The clock is ticking

The girl effect: The clock is ticking


Hey there, it’s us again. We have a situation on our hands and the clock is ticking When a girl turns 12 and lives in poverty her future is out of her control In the eyes of many, she’s a woman now No, really she is. She faces the reality of being married by the age of 14 Pregnant by the time she’s 15 and if she survives childbirth she might have to sell her body to support her family which puts her at risk for contracting and spreading HIV Not the life you imagined for a 12-year-old Right? But… The good news is there’s a solution Let’s rewind to her at 12 Happy and healthy She visits a doctor regularly She stays in a school where she’s safe She uses her education to earn a living Now she’s calling the shots and it looks something like this: She can avoid HIV She can marry and have children when she’s ready and her children are healthy like she is Now imagine this continuing for generation after generation You get the picture right? 50 million 12-year-old girls in poverty equal 50 million solutions This is the power of the girl effect An effect that starts with a 12-year-old girl and impacts the world The clock is ticking

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