Girls less likely to finish school – UN

Girls are less likely than boys to complete schooling and more likely to face forced marriage, child labor, female genital mutilation and other undermining practices.

UNFPA State of World Population report 2016 reveals that practices that harm girls and violate their human rights -starting at age 10- prevent them from realizing their full potential as adults and from contributing to the economic and social progress of their communities and nations.

The State of World Population report also notes that every day, an estimated 47,700 girls are married before 18. It also says that girls are more likely to be in poorer physical and mental health, and will find it harder to get paid jobs.

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osoti–mehin says impeding a girl’s safe, healthy path through adolescence to a productive and autonomous adulthood is a violation of her rights.

He says without their contribution, the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals may never be achieved.