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65 Million Girls Unable To Attend School, More Likely To Suffer Abuse

The United Nations has reported that over 65 million girls around the world are unable to go to school, which then increases the chances that they will die in childbirth, live in severe poverty, or suffer violence and abuse.

According to the report, “because of the persistent and often gender discrimination that runs through most societies, it is girls who are sacrificed first – being the last enrolled and the first withdrawn from schools when times get tough.” The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) annual report stated that 121 million children are out of school worldwide, with 9 million more girls than boys.

According to the report, educated women are less likely to die in childbirth and are more likely to deliver healthy babies. They are also more likely to send their own children to school and protect their children and themselves from contracting HIV/AIDS, trafficking, and sexual abuse.

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Sources:

UNICEF report 12/11/03; Reuter 12/11/03; UN Wire 12/1//03

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