Free Resource With Practical Tips for Working With Girls in Poverty From the Nike Foundation.
In the 2 minutes it will take you to read this introduction, 52 adolescent girls living in poverty will give birth, 90% of whom were child brides, and 4 of whom will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
The good news, however, is that no one is better qualified to end poverty than a girl living in it. When a girl is between 10 and 19 years old, a unique window of opportunity opens for her to break the inter- generational cycle of poverty.
The potential impact of breaking this cycle of poverty is huge. For example: if girls were employed at the same rate as boys, Brazil could add $23 billion to its annual GDP. India could add $383 billion if teen girls didn’t get pregnant and contributed to the economy instead. Ethiopia could add $6.8 billion if girls completed secondary school.
Along the way, we’ve found that the biggest influence on success actually comes down to attitude - so nurture your innate sense of curiosity. Experiment as much as possible. Take the bus. Eat local. Get lost. Stay in local hotels. Don’t be afraid of naive questions. Learn some of the language. Read a book. Listen to a podcast. Most of all, start doing stuff, because thinking only gets you so far with solving for girls. As soon as you are actually doing stuff you quickly learn about what works and what doesn’t.