Research and studies have proven time and time again that girls face more hardship than boys, especially in third world or developing countries. Research has also showed that if we provide females with opportunity, that not only does their mortality rate decrease, but the countries own economic development improves.
The following are facts about females and the barriers they face:
Thirty-six million girls in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to basic education. (UNICEF)
Almost 65 percent of illiterate adults are women (565 million). Most of these women live in the developing regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. (UNICEF)
In Africa, the literacy rate for women is 36 percent com- pared to 59 percent for men. (UNICEF)
The higher the average number of years of schooling in a country, the lower the mortality rate for children under 5, and the higher the incidence of child immunization. (UNICEF)
In Sub-Saharan Africa, only 10 percent of girls attend secondary school. (UNICEF)
In 13 African countries, a 10 percent increase in the female literacy rate is associated with a 10 percent decline in child mortality. (UNICEF)