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Girls' Education
at a Glance

Why Girls?

  • Worldwide, girls make up the majority of children not in school
  • In developing countries, only 43 percent of secondary-school-age girls are in class
  • There are still 17 countries where girls enrollment is less than 90% the enrollment of boys
    UNESCO, 2012
  • In every country young women often lose confidence in their abilities. Girls in the US scored 20% lower on a test when asked to indicate their gender
    Gender Identification, Schmader
  • Social and cultural barriers still exist, steering women away from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. The mass culture, including television, continues to message middle school and high school girls that it's better to be pretty than smart.
    Molly Weinburgh

Why Education?

With quality education and mentorship, girls transform...


  • Wages rise 20% for every year beyond the 4th grade that girls attend school
    Basic Education Coalition
  • When 10% more of its girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases by an average of 3%
    Council on Foreign Relations
  • There would be a 12% drop in global poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills
  • In sub-Saharan Africa investing in girls’ education has the potential to boost agricultural output by 25%
    International Food Policy Research Institute
  • In Latin America, education explains 42% of the increase in female labor force participation since 1975
    World Bank


  • When a girl goes to school, she will re-invest 90% of her income into her family
    Nike Foundation, The Girl Effect
  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
    UN Population Fund, 1990
  • Girls with secondary schooling are up to six times less likely to be married as children than those with little or no schooling
    Population Reference Bureau
  • In Mozambique, some 60 percent of girls with no education are married by 18, compared to 10 percent of girls with secondary schooling and less than one percent of girls with higher education


  • Every extra year of schooling reduces infant mortality by up to 10 percent
    Population Reference Bureau
  • Women with an education are five times more likely to have basic information about HIV/AIDS
  • Each additional year of schooling for a population reduces the chance of a country falling into civil war by 3.6

Why now?

  • The UN Millenium Development Goals targets 2015 for children everywhere, boys and girls alike, to be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    UN Dept of Public Information
  • Despite great strides in many countries, in 2010 there were still 61 million children of primary school age and 71 million young adolescents out of school
    UN Millenium Development Goals
  • In more than 100 countries, school is not free and many parents cannot afford the tuition or the cost of uniforms
    Day of the Girl
  • Millions of girls worldwide need us to raise our collective voice to demand they have the opportunity to fulfill their potential

Girls Transform the World—Submission Guidelines


Delivering Your Voices to Influencers Worldwide

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World Pulse invites you to join us in speaking out for the rights of girls as we showcase the voices and solutions of grassroots women around the world. We believe that when girls and their champions are heard, they will transform the world.

Why Participate?

Your voice will be heard – You will connect – Your voice will be elevated

  • Make Like-Minded Connections: Share your story and connect with others in similar situations.
  • Learn and Be Inspired: Read others’ stories, learn about other experiences, and gain inspiration.
  • Explore Solutions: Find out how others climbed over, dug under, or broke through their barriers, and hear their visions for the future.
  • Transform: Watch your story find its way to places you never thought imaginable. Watch it make impact.

Tell us your own story and perspective on girls—either personally experienced or witnessed in your community—and outline your vision for change.

Write an Inspirational Message!

Participate in our Inspire to Aspire Facebook challenge

We have posted a picture on our Facebook page, and it’s YOUR job to give it a powerful message that inspires girls and women in every community and country to aspire to obtaining the education of their dreams.

In order to participate in the challenge, you need to be registered on Facebook. Once you are registered, please follow the instructions below:

    1. Like our Facebook page.
    2. Click here to see our Challenge photo.
    3. Leave a comment below the photo with a short inspirational message that you want to transmit to the world on breaking barriers to girls’ education before June 18th.
    4. Check back on our Facebook page on June 20th to see if your message has been selected as the winner!

    The winning message will be featured on this photo and disseminated via our social media streams to thousands of followers! .

Through Likes, Shares, and Comments, these photos and messages will reach thousands of people throughout the world, inspiring them to break down the barriers to girls’ education in their lives and their communities. This is your chance; let your voice be heard!

Share Your Story!


Join the World Pulse community

If you're not already a member, join our global online network of grassroots women leaders connecting and speaking out from over 190 countries. Through your World Pulse profile you can create a global calling card for your voice and vision!

    We are committed to hearing from girls around the world; however, due to safety and privacy reasons, if you are 17 years of age or younger please speak with your legal guardian before joining World Pulse. Refer to our Terms of Service for specific restrictions. When creating a username, we do not encourage use of your full or real name, especially if you are in a high risk area. Your username will be your public identifier throughout World Pulse and thus the internet.

Share Your Story With the Community

We are looking for stories from women, men, and girls themselves about girls' empowerment and access to education.

Tell us your personal testimony—either experienced or witnessed—and your vision for improving the lives of girls in your community.

Girls’ Access to Education. The Barriers. The Solutions.

Tell us about the barriers you faced as a young woman or that girls in your community face when accessing education and solutions you’ve found in overcoming them:

  • What do you believe is the greatest challenge girls confront in your community to accessing an education?
  • Describe the barriers that prevent you or young women in your community from accessing education. For example: cultural biases or micro-inequities, lack of respect for women, economic constraints, lack of mentors, lack of confidence, or others.
  • What impact do you believe these barriers to education have had on yourself, your family, or community?
  • How have you or others been able to overcome these barriers?
Word Count:

Your story should be between 500 and 800 words.


Submit your story on

Follow the steps below to ensure that your story is properly submitted to the campaign.

  • Register for or Log In to your PulseWire account
  • Create and submit a new PulseWire journal entry to submit your story. Use the guidelines below to complete the journal entry form.

    Title: Create a title that reflects your voice and message.

    Journal Entry: Write your story, following the above criteria, in your journal.

    Topics: Consider adding key words or ‘tags’ to help us identify sub-topics you’re addressing within the larger context of girls' access to education (eg. Gender Bias, Child Marriage, Empowerment, Economy).

    Digital Action Campaigns: Check this box to ensure your voice is included in the campaign and delivered to influential forums.

    Click submit and find your story on our interactive map!


Submit your story by June 26th to be considered for publication in World Pulse’s eMagazine.


Join the global conversation

Hear what your sisters worldwide are saying about girls in their own communities. Learn new ideas and solutions for providing empowerment and access to education, and write a comment to acknowledge her unique voice and vision for change. This may open the door for a new partnership in your work!


Stay up-to-date on campaign news

Visit the Girls Transforming the World Digital Action Campaign page to read the latest stories submitted for the campaign, learn about upcoming forums where your story will be presented, and hear how your voice is making an impact.

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