There are approximately 7.3 billion people in the world.
Half of them are women.
And far too many of them have been subjected to experiences they never should have had.
Statistics like that cannot be ignored. We have a responsibility to these women, an urgent need to help them. And while many of us are eager to take action, it can be difficult to know where to start.
A humanitarian organization called CARE has a solution to nip the problem in the bud before it has the chance to begin. Before a girl turns 12.
So, now that she's "a woman," she is likely to be set up in an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't love by the time she's 14.
If she's already married by 14, there's a good chance she will be...
In some places (including places in the United States), if a girl has a baby, assuming she survived childbirth, she has very few options for earning a living.
This, in turn, puts her at risk of contracting HIV — and spreading it.
Here's the solution:
It sounds trite, but the first step to curing so much of the world's oppression against women is education.
"When you help CARE reach a girl before adolescence, you help change the course of her life," their website explains.
If a little girl is given the tools to make a great career and earn a living, then she can spend the rest of her life doing things on her own terms — when she's ready.
This video points out that if she's calling the shots on her life, then her children will also have the freedom to call the shots.
Care.org has plenty of inspired ideas for ways to help women across the globe get the education they need and deserve. But they can't implement these ideas without your help.
The clock is ticking.