Girls in the developing world face a vast variety of barriers -- simply for being born a girl. In rural, poverty stricken areas, most girls are not only deprived of the same opportunities as their male counterparts, but are also straddled with an array of burdens that no child should have to face.
Millions of girls are deprived of education each year. A number of factors contribute to this: long standing cultural stigmas, poverty, priority placed on a boy child and menstruation are a small sample of influences that may impede a girl's education.
Being kept out of school at an elementary age can be detrimental to a girl's development, and usually leads to a number of other situations that strip young girls of agency and opportunities. One is child marriage -- most girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18, though many are far younger, with child brides often wedded to men much older. Without the resources or to plan her own family, child brides often become pregnant soon after marriage, and the complications of pregnancy and childbirth sometimes take a fatal toll. Complications associated with pregnancy remains the #2 cause of death for girls, ages 15 - 19, in the world.