The following passages in the Bible were referenced in some way in the prayer for this topic.
“Only 62 out of 168 countries are expected to reach gender parity in secondary education by 2015.”
— Bachelet, Michelle. “Addressing Inequalities in the post-2015 Development Agenda.” unwomen.org. 19 Feb. 2013. Web. 4 Mar. 2014.
Worldwide in 2011, 57 million primary-aged children were not attending school.
Only 6% of university age adults were enrolled in 2008 in sub-Sahara Africa.
“Rural children are twice as likely to be out of school as urban children…. Children from the poorest quintile are nearly four times as likely to be out of school…”
More than one-fifth of sub-Saharan children never attended school or left before finishing primary school.
— “Trends in Tertiary Education: Sub-Saharan Africa.” uis.unesco.org. December 2010. Web.pdf. 13 Dec. 2011.
Around the world, one in ten girls are married before 15 with India significantly highest.
— “Statistics on Child Marriage.” Filipspagnoli.wordpress.com. n.d. Web. Statistics on Abandoned Children.”internationalstreetkids.com. 2014. Web. 03 Mar. 2014.
“For every one thousand girls who get one additional year of education, two fewer women will die in childbirth” (Loc 114).
— Kristof, Nicholas and Sheryl WuDunn. Half the Sky. Vintage. 2009. Kindle edition, Model D0091.
Families in xx sell their virgin daughters to the highest bidder for a couple of weeks, after which the girl returns to home and school (Loc 904-7).
— Batstone, David. Not for Sale. HarperCollins. 2008. Kindle edition, Model D00901.
Of those who are illiterate, 66% are women (32).
— Miller, Darrow L. with Stan Guthrie. Nurturing the Nations. Colorado Springs: Paternoster. 2007.
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"According to the FBI, there are currently an estimated 293,000 American children at risk of being exploited and trafficked for sex. The majority of them are girls between the ages of 12 and 14. These are middle school girls who should be focused on history and math class and playing soccer with friends."
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"The Mercy House exists to raise funds to provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The Mercy House will aid them in education, nutrition, housing, prenatal care, Bible study, counseling and job skills for sustainable living."
"Serving the most vulnerable young women and children, through education and job training"
A great ministry in Kinshasa, DR Congo "reaches out to young women struggling to make a livelihood in DR Congo."