Facts from Catapult.org:
– This year, 14 million girls – some as young as eight years old – will be married against their will.
– An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked into slavery each year. 80% are girls.
– In New York City, the average age at which a girl first becomes a victim of commercial sexual exploitation is 13.
Investing in equality for girls and women is key to ending global poverty.
Yet only 7% of all U.S. foundation funds go to girls and women. Only 2% of every development dollar goes to adolescent girls. And 1 in 5 girls’ and women’s rights organizations are in danger of closing.
In honor of International Women’s Day, support the people working for the equal and human rights of girls and women.