Investing In Health, Education For Girls Will Cut Poverty, Help World Reach Development Goals, UNFPA Report Says

Agence France-Presse: Girls can cut poverty in developing economies: U.N.
“Developing economies stand to win an extra $21 billion (19 billion euros) if they improve girls’ health and sex education, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said Thursday…” (10/19).

The Guardian: The world’s future hinges on supporting 10-year-old girls, says U.N.
“…According to the U.N. Population Fund’s (UNFPA) State of the World Population 2016 report, published on Thursday, the future of 10-year-old girls will shape our collective futures. Getting girls through secondary school could reap billions of dollars a year for poorer countries, claims the study…” (Ford, 10/20).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Investing in girls could unlock billions of dollars for national economies: U.N. agency
“If countries ended forced marriage, child labor, female genital mutilation, and other practices undermining girls’ health and rights, their economies could be billions of dollars richer for it, a U.N. agency said on Thursday…” (Tabary, 10/20).

U.N. News Centre: Investing in 10-year-old girls will yield huge demographic payoff towards Global Goals — U.N.
“…More than half of the world’s 60 million 10-year-old girls live in 48 countries with the worst gender equality, and nine out of 10 live in developing countries. Ten is a pivotal age because it typically marks the start of puberty, at which point in some areas of the world, a girl is then viewed as a commodity to be bought, sold, or traded. Girls at this age are forced to leave school, marry, bear children, and live a lifetime of servitude. … Luckily, research has shown a growing number of proven policy options that can dismantle some of the barriers that hold girls back…” (10/20).