Empower a Girl through Education

130 million girls worldwide are currently denied an education

The Maiden Factor Foundation is one of a number of charities which will receive the proceeds from the Maiden Factor’s fundraising activities with the yacht Maiden. The Maiden Factor Foundation is working with a number of charities who fulfil one or all of the following criteria;

Empower/teach/mentor girls, promote, facilitate, lobby for or provide solutions which enable the education of girls not currently afforded that basic human right.

The Maiden Factor Foundation will be well placed to work with smaller, solution based charities and not for profit organisations around the world. These have been picked for their proven ability to understand and solve the very real issues which prevent girls attending school. Their successes are tangible and measureable and focus on areas often overlooked by larger organisations and global charities.

Girls have big dreams for their lives, no matter where they live. These dreams start and — sadly for millions — end with education. The poorest girls in the poorest countries get just three years of schooling. Over the past 15 years the international community has worked to get them six, then nine.

But this is still not enough. It is not enough to meet the challenge of empowering women and girls. It is not enough to realise the full ambition of the new sustainable development agenda. And it is not enough for the millions of girls demanding more for their lives.

Achieving universal access to 12 years of fee-free, quality primary and secondary education for girls is an investment in the overall development and growth for countries. The world cannot hope to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) without unlocking the potential of millions of girls who have been locked out of education.

Girls need leaders to make and keep bold commitments to provide universal primary and secondary education. The world needs girls to solve our most pressing problems and provide leadership in their home communities and countries.


If all girls had 12 years of education:
  • Childhood marriage would fall by 64%
  • Early births would fall by 59%
  • Child deaths under 5 would fall by 49%
  • Her job and wage potential increases
  • The health, wealth and happiness of her family increases
  • The spread of HIV and Aids would be reduced
  • The socio-economic status of her entire community increases
  • The eradication of World Poverty becomes possible
  • Gender equality would increase dramatically

(Source – UN Women 2015)

“There are 1.2 billion adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 in the world today. Almost 75 per cent of them are in Asia and Africa, comprising large proportions of the populations of those regions. These young people spend more years in school today than ever before. That said, globally only 74 per cent of girls between the ages of 11 and 15 are in school – compared to 83 per cent of boys. There are large variations – these averages do not speak to the reality of rural girls, poorer girls, or girls in conflict-affected regions.

According to UNESCO, 39 million girls aged 11 to 15 are not in lower secondary school. So where are the adolescent girls? One in seven is married by the age of 15. Up to half of all girls in developing countries are mothers before they turn 18. If present trends continue, more than 100 million girls will probably be married as children in the next decade.

Formal legal restrictions – such as laws on minimum age for marriage or working – offer scant protection for adolescent girls. In 25 countries there is no specified age for compulsory education and in 44 countries girls can be married younger than boys. In 17 countries the legal working age is lower than the age of compulsory education, negating any legal protection to education. While 18 is the minimum age of marriage in most countries, there is usually a caveat giving parents the right to grant consent for younger girls to marry. In South Asia, 48 per cent of girls are married before 18. In Africa the figure is 42 per cent and in Latin America and the Caribbean it is 29 per cent, with early marriage rates being higher in rural and poorer communities.

Adolescent girls are no longer children; nor are they yet adults. They are moving towards more independence and the exercise of greater responsibility. But they are still young enough to need support and guidance on that path. The challenge is how to give that guidance in a way that promotes dignity and advances girls’ rights and opportunities. In some cultures the change from child to adult, from girl to woman, is abrupt and the idea of adolescence, as a necessary period of transition, barely exists.”

(Source – Because I am a Girl, The State of the World’s Girls 2012)

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