One in six girls in Haiti is enslaved, one in four is sexually abused, and only one in three completes primary school and starts high school. While the most direct, negative impact of this violence and discrimination is on the physical and mental health of girls, the whole community suffers. Research from across the developing world shows that investing in the freedom, education, and empowerment of girls is the most effective way to improve the quality of life for everyone in a community.
Your gift will train and mobilize grassroots leaders in communities to prevent child slavery - which disproportionately traps girls - and free children already enslaved; increase girls' access to quality schools and make those schools safer; launch Girls Clubs to give girls safe spaces to organize and make their voices heard; expand efforts proven to prevent violence against women and girls, and; balance power between women and men and girls and boys at home, at school, and in civil society.
Girls who are free, safe and educated become a powerful force for change. Reducing sexual violence and discrimination against girls frees them to stay in school longer, delay pregnancy, and have healthier children. An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 20%, and an extra year of secondary school adds 25%, making economies more fair and prosperous for all. Empowered women reinvest 90% of their income in their families, paying school tuition, buying food, books, medicine.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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