United Nations Girls' Education Initiative
Thanks for a great post Elisabeth. Education really is important not only for empowerment but also for health, which are of course interconnected! I think Saceena Yacoobi really has a point, that the status of women in society really has an impact on children’s education. Let’s keep advocating to make sure that families have the incentives, and understand the impact of putting girls in school.
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I don’t necessarily think that there is a one-size-fits-all solution as there are so many aspects in society to take into account. But I do believe that economic incentives are important. Giving women and men the possibility to join the work force, lead a meaningful and fruitful life, will lead to less children forced into labour, housework or ill health. In some areas this might mean technological developments, such as clean water supply – less children and families have to walk for hours every day to get water, something that is a matter of life and death, or roads, or a bike, making it safe and efficient to get to and from school.
In some areas however, i think that there are deeply rooted social norms that need to change. Societies need to understand the positive impact of education for girls, how they can change society! That women are cornerstones of society!
It has proven to be one of the most effective ways to fight poverty. When I talk about education, I am not just speaking of primary and secondary school but of education in nutrition, feminine hygiene, disease, vocational training, and many other important issues. Education is a vital investment. With additional education, girls receive more job opportunities and higher wages. Girls that attend school are also less likely to engage in crime or become a victim of human trafficking. They are more likely to marry later and have few children.