Girls Matter

2014 Annual Report

There are more than 600 million girls ages 10-19 growing up in developing countries today. We at Women Win believe that every one of those girls has the potential to lead – herself, her peers and her community.

Research shows that investing in females produces effects far beyond the individual. A girl multiplies the impact of an investment made in her future by extending the benefits to the world around her: she builds a better life for her family, a stronger community, a more stable nation, and eventually – collectively – a more equal world.

However, girls’ leadership is inhibited when gender inequity remains deeply entrenched and widely tolerated throughout the world. Gender discrimination, already present during childhood, often becomes more pronounced in the transition from child to woman. Limitations placed upon adolescent girls restrain them from fulfilling their potential, leaving them generally less educated, less healthy and less free than their male counterparts. Living as an adolescent girl in much of the world means facing the life-changing realities of early marriage, premature pregnancy, denial of education (especially secondary school), social isolation, female genital mutilation and other forms of gender-based violence. 

  • Nearly half of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls 15 and younger
  • 82 million girls in developing countries who are now between the ages of 10 and 17 will be married before their 18th birthday
  • 75 percent of all HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa among people ages 15 to 24 are young women

Girls are systematically exposed to major rights violations that have a huge cost on individuals, families and societies.

Women Win believes that by improving the well-being of girls, we can deliver a measurable, positive impact with the distinct possibility of bringing exponential returns in addressing some of the world’s most complex, omnipresent issues.