About the 1.1 billion girls in the world today

Around the world, around 116 million women in developing countries have still not completed primary school, according to UNESCO, while two thirds of the worldwide illiterate population are female.

  • Around 10% of the deaths of adolescent girls all over the world are a result of violence
  • An adolescent girl dies every 10 minutes, due to an act of violence.
  • Parents and intimate partners are the most commonly cited perpetrators of physical violence against adolescent girls in almost all countries
  • One in three girls between the ages of 13 and 15 internationally experience bullying on a regular basis.
  • Around 120 million girls worldwide (more than one in 10) have experienced forced sexual acts at some point in their lives
  • Almost half of girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide believe a husband or partner is sometimes justified in hitting or beating his wife or partner under certain circumstances
  • Around 130 million women and girls alive today have experienced genital mutilation
  • More than 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday, more than one third before the age of 15.

Read more at Unicef’s A Statistical Snapshot of Violence Against Adolescent Girls

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