This powerful video uses simple language to showcase the ability of adolescent girls in developing countries to bring unprecedented social and economic change to their families, communities and countries.
The Girl Effect movement was started by the NIKE Foundation and Peter and Jennifer Buffet (Warren’s son and daughter-in-law). Here’s how they explain the issues and solution:
“In impoverished communities, lack of resources drives girls out of school and into early marriage, childbirth, and HIV infection at rates dramatically higher than boys. The results are irreversible for girls, and devastating to communities caught in intergenerational cycles of poverty. Yet when girls gain a different path – supported, educated and empowered – everyone benefits.”
“Investing in the girl effect offers the potential for tremendous economic impact, which leads to more stability, less poverty and more opportunity for economic growth,” Peter writes. “Just one component of the girl effect – the increase in family income associated with an additional year of a girl’s education – nets more than a 40-fold return according to conservative calculations. The intergenerational benefits, however, go far beyond this to impact a range of issues including declining fertility rates and improved health and nutrition for the next generation. That’s a return on investment we can’t ignore.”