#MeToo for all women

2018 has been a year where women have found their voices and stood against abuse and harassment in the US and Canada. However there are millions of women and girls that we need to consider we we think of #MeToo and make sure we are raising our voices not just for women in the developed world but also those who suffer around the globe.

The numbers below offer insights into the current status of girls’ education, and the lasting impact education can have on girls, families, communities and nations around the world.

  1. Globally, 65 million girls are not in school.
  2. There are 31 million girls of primary school age not in school. Seventeen million of these girls will probably never attend school in their lifetimes.
  3. Of the 123 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who cannot read or write, 61 percent of them are women.
  4. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school.
  5. Girls with eight years of education are four times less likely to marry as children.
  6. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20 percent more as an adult.
  7. A child born to a mother who can read and write is 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of 5.
  8. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.
  9. Half of the children who are not in school live in conflict-ridden countries. Girls make up 55 percent of this total.

So, for all of us who have the luxury of living in a country where our voices can be raised and laws protect us……..lets remember those whose conditions of oppression and exclusion is a daily reality…..#MeToo for all women…..