In leadership positions, women develop policies that support women and girls, and continue to provide greater opportunities for jobs, education, and health services.
In South Africa, an increase in the number of female lawmakers helped advance legislation promoting gender equality – such as providing equal land rights to women and ensuring reproductive rights.
In Burkina Faso, financially empowering adolescent girls and their families positively impacts their sexual behavior and health.
Delays in marriage are associated with greater educational achievement and lower fertility. Lower fertility can increase women’s life expectancy and has benefits for children’s health and education.
1 extra year of secondary schooling for girls can increase their future wages by 10 to 20%