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"Despite the overall trend of decreasing birth rates for girls, maternal causes kill more 15- to 19-year-old girls than any other cause. Girls’ reproductive capacity continues to define their young lives: adolescents have disproportionately high rates of complications from pregnancy, delivery, and abortion, and in many cases their contraceptive needs are unmet. The consequences accrue in myriad ways for the girls themselves over their adult years, and for their future families." Source: @Girleffect

Photo taken for #CORPIndia © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. #SpreadDignity

"Despite the overall trend of decreasing birth rates for girls, maternal causes kill more 15- to 19-year-old girls than any other cause. Girls’ reproductive capacity continues to define their young lives: adolescents have disproportionately high rates of complications from pregnancy, delivery, and abortion, and in many cases their contraceptive needs are unmet. The consequences accrue in myriad ways for the girls themselves over their adult years, and for their future families." Source: @Girleffect

Photo taken for #CORPIndia © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. #SpreadDignity

#CORPIndia’s #pregnancy club for girls living in the slums of Virar, India. 

Health education/awareness is critical for adolescent girls living in the developing world. An estimated one-third of these girls will be married before age 18, one in seven before age 15. Child marriage most often leads to child pregnancy, and with it a myriad of health risks.  Examples: Girls under 15 years are 5x more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20 to 24. Furthermore, adolescent girls living in poverty are more likely to be stunted due to malnutrition during their childhoods, leading to low birth weight and less healthy babies, the health consequences of which will span at least three generations. @GirlEffect 

Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. #SpreadDignity

#CORPIndia’s #pregnancy club for girls living in the slums of Virar, India.

Health education/awareness is critical for adolescent girls living in the developing world. An estimated one-third of these girls will be married before age 18, one in seven before age 15. Child marriage most often leads to child pregnancy, and with it a myriad of health risks. Examples: Girls under 15 years are 5x more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20 to 24. Furthermore, adolescent girls living in poverty are more likely to be stunted due to malnutrition during their childhoods, leading to low birth weight and less healthy babies, the health consequences of which will span at least three generations. @GirlEffect

Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. #SpreadDignity

One of the many beautiful young girls I met at #CORPIndia’s program in #Mumbai for street children. Every day new kids find their way to CORP’s program, which for many of them means they also find education, nourishment, and community. Good schooling and healthy living means more life choices and more opportunities to be full participants in their communities. Change a girl and you change the world. || Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno, all rights reserved. #SpreadDignity

One of the many beautiful young girls I met at #CORPIndia’s program in #Mumbai for street children. Every day new kids find their way to CORP’s program, which for many of them means they also find education, nourishment, and community. Good schooling and healthy living means more life choices and more opportunities to be full participants in their communities. Change a girl and you change the world. || Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno, all rights reserved. #SpreadDignity

Orphan girls in #Mumbai utilizing computers at #CORPIndia’s shelter for girls. The #girleffect poster in the background is perfectly fitting. #SpreadDignity 

"If girls are to make the shift from economic dependency to self-sufficiency, universal access to a range of educational opportunities is essential for sustained learning during adolescence, regardless of girls’ prior educational backgrounds." Source: @GirlEffect | Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno, all rights reserved.

Orphan girls in #Mumbai utilizing computers at #CORPIndia’s shelter for girls. The #girleffect poster in the background is perfectly fitting. #SpreadDignity

"If girls are to make the shift from economic dependency to self-sufficiency, universal access to a range of educational opportunities is essential for sustained learning during adolescence, regardless of girls’ prior educational backgrounds." Source: @GirlEffect | Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno, all rights reserved.

A young girl in Virar, India learning to write during #CORPIndia’s community creche (kindergarten) program. || Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno, all rights Reserved.

"One of the most significant problems in most developing and conflict-affected countries is the failure of education systems to realize their potential to empower adolescent girls. Continuing education during adolescence is a necessary first step for girls to overcome a history of disadvantage in civic life and paid employment." Source: @girleffect

A young girl in Virar, India learning to write during #CORPIndia’s community creche (kindergarten) program. || Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno, all rights Reserved.

"One of the most significant problems in most developing and conflict-affected countries is the failure of education systems to realize their potential to empower adolescent girls. Continuing education during adolescence is a necessary first step for girls to overcome a history of disadvantage in civic life and paid employment." Source: @girleffect

When girls stay in school during adolescence, they reap immediate benefits. “When an adolescent girl travels through her community in a school uniform carrying her school books, she gains a protected social status that is recognized and valued. She has the opportunity to develop a social identity beyond her family and is granted respect and protection.” Source: @girleffect 

Photo of school girls in #Dharavi, the largest #slum in #India, second largest in the world.  Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. Taken for #CORPindia in #India

When girls stay in school during adolescence, they reap immediate benefits. “When an adolescent girl travels through her community in a school uniform carrying her school books, she gains a protected social status that is recognized and valued. She has the opportunity to develop a social identity beyond her family and is granted respect and protection.” Source: @girleffect

Photo of school girls in #Dharavi, the largest #slum in #India, second largest in the world. Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. Taken for #CORPindia in #India

By adding just one additional year of secondary schooling, girls’ future earning potential increases by 15-25%.  #SpreadDignity 

Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. Photo taken for #CORPindia. #Mumbai, #India Data Source: @GirlEffect)

By adding just one additional year of secondary schooling, girls’ future earning potential increases by 15-25%. #SpreadDignity

Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. Photo taken for #CORPindia. #Mumbai, #India Data Source: @GirlEffect)

"When we include girls in education, health and economic investment we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty. But girls can’t do it alone; they need the world to listen to them and invest in their potential." – @GirlEffect | #SpreadDignity

Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. Photo taken for #CORPindia. #Mumbai #India 

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"When we include girls in education, health and economic investment we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty. But girls can’t do it alone; they need the world to listen to them and invest in their potential." – @GirlEffect | #SpreadDignity

Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. Photo taken for #CORPindia. #Mumbai #India

#girls #hope #poverty #girleffect

“…Studies have shown that supporting girls and women - promoting their education, their health and safety, their right to plan their families and more - correlates with healthier families, higher family incomes, economic development and environmental sustainability… enhancing global prosperity and security and benefitting us all.”  - Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation @GirlEffect | #SpreadDignity

“…Studies have shown that supporting girls and women - promoting their education, their health and safety, their right to plan their families and more - correlates with healthier families, higher family incomes, economic development and environmental sustainability… enhancing global prosperity and security and benefitting us all.” - Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation @GirlEffect | #SpreadDignity

"What happens to girls during adolescence, a critical period of physical, emotional and social change, shapes their future ability as leaders, earners, providers, and mothers. When girls grow up healthy, educated, safe, and empowered, they emerge as adults better able to ensure their own success and well-being, and that of others." @GirlEffect | #SpreadDignity

Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. Photo taken for #CORPindia. #Mumbai #India

"What happens to girls during adolescence, a critical period of physical, emotional and social change, shapes their future ability as leaders, earners, providers, and mothers. When girls grow up healthy, educated, safe, and empowered, they emerge as adults better able to ensure their own success and well-being, and that of others." @GirlEffect | #SpreadDignity

Photo © 2014 Sarah Verno. All rights reserved. Photo taken for #CORPindia. #Mumbai #India