In Congo, rural girls have the lowest school enrollment overall ... In Congo, only 20% of 15-19 year old girls in rural areas are attending secondary school ...
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¹Bruce, Judith and Kelly Hallman. 2008. "Reaching the girls left behind," Gender and Development 16(2): 227–245
In addition to the educational experience, out-of-school girls lose out on critical social opportunities and friendships with same sex peers
²Lloyd, Cynthia B. 2004. “Schooling and Adolescent Reproductive Behavior in Developing Countries,” paper commissioned for the United Nations Millennium Project. New York: Population Council.http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/documents/CBLloyd-final.pdf
³ Haberland, Nicole. 2007. “Supporting Married Girls, Calling Attention to a Neglected Group” Transitions to Adulthood, Brief 3. Population Council
⁴ Epidemiological Fact Sheet on HIV and AIDS: Congo 2008 http://www.who.int/GlobalAtlas/predefinedReports/EFS2008/index.asp
Additional Resources: of the Girl:
Bruce, Judith and Erica Chong. 2006. "The diverse universe of adolescents, and the girls and boys left behind: A note on research, program and policy priorities," background paper to the report Public Choices, Private Decisions: Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Millennium Development Goals. New York: UN Millennium Project. offsite PDF: www.unmillenniumproject.org/documents/Bruce_and_Chong-final.pdf
Chong, Erica, Kelly Hallman, and Martha Brady. 2006. Investing When it Counts Generating the evidence base for policies and programmes for very young adolescents. New York : UNFPA and Population Council. http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/InvestingWhenItCounts.pdf
Lloyd, Cynthia B. 2004. “Schooling and Adolescent Reproductive Behavior in Developing Countries,” paper commissioned for the United Nations Millennium Project. New York: Population Council.http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/documents/CBLloyd-final.pdf
Meyers, Carey. 2000. Adolescent Girls' Livelihoods. Essential Questions, Essential Tools: A Report on a Workshop. New York and Washington, DC: Population Council and the International Center for Research on Women. www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/adoles.pdf
Building Assets for Safe, Productive Lives: A Report on a Workshop on Adolescent Girls' Livelihoods. www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/BuildingAssets_Oct05.pdf
Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood, series of briefs all available at www.popcouncil.org/gfd/TA_Briefs_List.html