Around the World

  • Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second leading cause of death among 15 to 19 year-old girls globally.Footnote 1.
  • More than 30% of girls in low- and middle-income countries marry before they are 18; around 14% before they are 15.Footnote 2
  • Globally, about one in seven adolescent girls (aged 15 to 19) are currently married or in union.Footnote 3
  • As of 2012, there were 62 million girls of primary and secondary school age not in school.Footnote 4
  • One in five adolescent girls is out of school.Footnote 5
  • Over 100 million young women living in low and lower-middle income countries are unable to read a single sentence.Footnote 6
  • Girls with no education are three times as likely to marry by 18 as those with secondary education or higher.Footnote 7

In Canada

  • Sexual offences are eight times more likely to be committed against girls aged 12-17 than male youth.Footnote 8
  • For girls, depression typically stems from “low self-esteem, negative body image, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and stress.”Footnote 9
  • Young women from 15 to 24 experience nearly 6 times the rate of dating violence as young men.Footnote 10
  • Girls with higher mathematical ability are less likely to pursue STEM fields at university than boys with lower mathematical ability.Footnote 11
  • In 2012/2013, only 2.5% of girls aged 12 to 17 met the current physical activity guideline of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) dailyFootnote 12
A picture of a girl holding a book.
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