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OVER 130 MILLION GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD ARE DENIED AN EDUCATION.
There are many things that will prevent a girl being educated. But when it comes down to it, the truth is, millions of girls are prevented from going to school, simply because they were born a girl.
SOLD INTO MARRIAGE
In Sierra Leone, 44% of girls are forced into marriage before they turn 18. We’ve met girls as young as 11 who’ve been engaged to men old enough to be their father. We’re not sure what you were doing when you were in grade 5, but getting sold and pregnant before you turn 12 probably wasn’t on the agenda.
EARLY OR FORCED PREGNANCY
Teenage pregnancy is one of the most common reasons for dropping out of school. Some girls may have unprotected sex, others are sexually assaulted, and girls are forced to sell themselves in exchange for food and money. It’s their only means of survival.
More than 70% of people in Sierra Leone earn less than $2 a day. Often it’s difficult to get enough money together to cover food and rent, let alone something as extravagant as school. If a family can afford to send a child to school, the chosen child is almost always a boy.