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TOGETHER
The TOGETHER Project
 

There are 131 million girls worldwide out of school. Girls are 1.5 times more likely than boys to be excluded from primary school. That means that 15 million girls of primary school age will never have the opportunity to learn to read and write in primary school, compared to about 10 million boys.

The TOGETHER project, aims to improve healthcare access and outcomes for vulnerable communities, especially women and girls, in Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia, and the Philippines It provides training to healthcare professionals on topics like sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) response, encourages continuous medical education, and supports village health teams (VHTs) to extend healthcare services to remote areas. The project’s goal is to strengthen health systems, empower healthcare workers, and ultimately contribute to healthier communities.

If all women completed secondary education there would be…

49%

FEWER CHILD DEATHS

64%

FEWER EARLY MARRIAGES

59%

FEWER UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES

45%

INCREASE IN PAY (COMPARED TO A WOMAN WITH NO EDUCATION)

Barriers to Education

Early marriage and pregnancy

Girls who become pregnant at an early age often find themselves unable to attend school, even when they want to after childbirth. One third of girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18 and 1 in 9 are married before the age of 15.

Remoteness


In developing countries, rural girls are twice as unlikely to attend school as urban girls. This is because in remote or rural areas, there is often a greater prevalence of social and cultural barriers, labour requirements and the distance that keep girls out of school.

Poverty

 

Poverty forces many families to choose which of their children to send to school. Girls often miss out due to belief that there is less value in educating a girl than a boy. Instead, they are sent to work or made to stay at home to do domestic chores, or are married off.

Menstrual cycle

 

Many girls do not turn up to school during their menstrual cycle, or drop out of school altogether once they start menstruating. Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa miss 20% of their school year once they start menstruating due to lack of appropriate menstrual hygiene education or toilet facilities

Girls who are out of school are more vulnerable to early marriage, unintended pregnancy, child labor, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking. An uneducated woman is less empowered to make decisions about her body and her life, and is at higher risk of maternal complications and death, while her children are more likely to be malnourished and die in infancy.

Armed with an appreciation of the importance of education and the means to support her children through school, the cycle of poverty could be broken and all future generations could benefit from the education of just one girl.

Empower girls and uplift communities