New Mercy Corps Exhibit at the Action Center

October 28, 2010 at 6:06 am Leave a comment

The Revolution Will be Led by a 12-Year-Old Girl: The Girl Effect


The Girl Effect is a movement and an exhibit that reveals the potential of 600 million adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world. Less than two cents of every international aid dollar spent in the developing world is earmarked for girls. Because girls have different needs from both boys and women, they need interventions tailored to meet these needs.

The critical stage for girls can vary slightly depending on her country and culture. The Girl Effect focuses on girls between the ages of 12 and 22 because when girls reach adolescence, opportunities are won or lost, often for a lifetime.

What happens when a girl gets a chance? She is educated; likely HIV negative; married and a mother when ready; likely to raise a healthy family; an economic asset and is able to lift her family out of poverty.

What happens when a girl doesn’t get a chance? She is uneducated; vulnerable to HIV; a child bride; an economic burden; an adolescent mother; unlikely to raise a healthy family and continuing to live in the cycle of poverty.

The Girl Effect was created by the Nike Foundation in association with many other organizations, including Nike, Inc. and Wieden+Kennedy (W+K). The exhibit combines pictures taken by Brent Stirton from Getty Images, videos created by W+K, and text to tell part of the story of the Girl Effect.

For more information about the exhibit, go to our webpage and for more information about The Girl Effect go to

Visit the Action Center website for more information.

When: November 9 – January 29

Where: Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Click here for hours of operation of the Action Center


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