Girls can cut poverty in developing economies: UN

Girls are currently less likely to be enrolled in secondary education in Arab countries and most of AfricaDeveloping economies stand to win an extra $ 21 billion (19 billion euros) if they improve girls' health and sex education, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said Thursday. Girls in developing countries are less likely than boys to complete schooling because of forced marriage, child labour and female genital mutilation, risking the opportunities presented by their largely young populations, said the study, launched in London. "Over the next 15 years alone, developing countries together stand to gain or forfeit at least $ 21 billion, depending on whether or not they invest in the well-being, education, and independence of their 10-year-old girls today," it said.

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