Globally, girls are especially disadvantaged–right now, 130 million girls are not in school worldwide, and millions more face barriers to staying in school. Yet we know that when girls are educated, their families are healthier, they have fewer children, they get married later, and they have more opportunities to generate income.

Yes, women and girls are one of these groups. About one-third of countries in the developing regions have not achieved gender parity in primary education. In sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania and Western Asia, girls still face barriers to entering both primary and secondary school. These disadvantages in education also translate into lack of access to skills and limited opportunities in the labor market for young women.

In Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, more poor boys than poor girls completed lower and upper secondary education. In low-income countries, just 2 per cent of the poorest girls and 3 per cent of the poorest boys completed upper secondary education. In contrast, in Eastern and Southeastern Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean, more poor girls than poor boys complete lower and upper secondary education, although this has not translated into more young women accessing decent jobs in these regions.



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