Raising the status of women one girl at a time

Empowering Girls

According to the United Nations, over 200 million girls have been lost due to gendercide. Girls around the world are aborted, abandoned, and killed because women are valued less than men. GirlsHelpingGirls wants to change that.

The best way to stop gendercide and to raise the status of girls and women is through education, so we raise money to help send girls to school.

Why help girls?

  • There are 250 million girls currently living in poverty.
  • There are 66 million girls in the world today who do not attend primary or secondary school.
  • Half of all first births in the developing world are to adolescent girls.
  • Each year, an estimated three million girls experience genital mutilation or cutting.
  • Over 100 million girls are currently “missing” in the world, as a result of gendercide, the systematic killing of girls globally.
  • Women have low status, are socially undervalued and live with injustices every day.

An important thing to keep in mind is that the low status of women is truly a global issue that also plays out here in the developed world. Women continue to experience gender inequalities in the workplace. Only 17 out of 195 heads of state are female. Women hold less than 20% of all elected positions globally and are significantly underrepresented in boardrooms and in senior business leadership roles, despite female dominance in college and post secondary education.

What are the benefits?

Girls have the power to transform, because they play a vital role in their families and communities. When you educate a girl, you help her pull herself, her family and her community out of poverty. Educating girls is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and elevating the status of women:

  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
  • An extra year of primary school education boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent, while an extra year of secondary school adds 15 to 25 percent.
  • When girls go to school, they gain independence, strengthen their families, communities and the status of women everywhere!

Who are we?

Susanna Manziaris founded GHG in a mission to support girls’ development and to help raise the global status of women, one girl at a time.

Susanna’s desire to help vulnerable young women ignited during a family volunteer trip to Kenya where she experienced firsthand the challenges and struggles of young girls in the developing world. While in Kenya they learned that if you educate a girl, you educate a family and a community as a whole, and the cycle of poverty can begin to break. Education helps girls reach for a better and safer life.

What is gendercide?

Gendercide is the systematic killing of girls because they are girls.

Unwanted girls are eliminated by sex-selective abortion, by killing after birth, and by infant abandonment. Gendercide happens around the world, anywhere boys are valued more highly than girls, and where family size is rectricted by law, by poverty, or by choice. Gendercide occurs at high rates in China and India, but also throughout the world, even in Canada.

What is the solution?

In 1985, South Korea had one of the highest rates of gendercide in the world. Today, the practice has almost completely disappeared from the nation. Gendercide in South Korea began to fall in the mid-1990s because the status of women had improved.

When women have access to equal education and equal opportunities, gendercide all but disappears.