Invest in Education for Women and Girls

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Invest in Education for Women and Girls
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What investing in education for women and girls can do for a country…

Why educate girls?

The answer is obvious: educate girls so they have the same opportunities as their male counterparts, educate girls so they feel empowered to change the status quo, educate girls because it is the right thing to do. And, there is concrete evidence that girls’ education positively impacts a wide range of issues, from poverty alleviation to better maternal and child health.


Pattadakal, school class_Arian ZwegersBut for too many girls around the world, poverty, school fees, chores, early marriage, safety and sanitation combine to prevent girls from achieving their potential. Specifically, in the past five years there have been attacks on girls and their right to education in no less than 15 countries. These barriers do more than deprive young girls of their potential, they contribute to the belief that girls are inferior and less worthy of investment than their brothers.

Current projections show that it will not be until 2086 before all African girls graduate secondary school. In response to the myriad challenges that girls face, Hillary Clinton announced a $600 million effort to enroll girls in secondary school in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southwest Asia during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. During a time when girls’ education is becoming increasingly dangerous in some areas, as evidenced by Boko Haram’s kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls earlier this year, it is reassuring that these issues receive global attention.


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DFID/UK Department for International Development. 2011. Sadia, a teacher in Abbottabad, Pakistan. [Photograph]. Retrieved from* 

Arian Zwegers. 2013. Pattadakal, school class. [Photograph.] Retrieved from*

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