Why Educate Girls
Knowledge is power – power that enables young girls to make educated decisions about their well-being and their bodies. Women who receive a secondary education are 3 times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS than girls who lose access to education after primary school. The most recent G20 Summit on girls and education reported that if all girls were to complete 12 years of school, child marriage would be reduced by 64%; pregnancies for girls 17 and under would be reduced by 60% in sub-Sarharan Africa alone.
The benefits don’t stop at just the girl. An educated girl transfers her knowledge to help create a healthier family. Women who complete a secondary education become advocates for their children. Their children are also less likely to die of treatable diseases – research suggests that child deaths would drop by 49% if all women completed a secondary education.
Healthier & More
Education has a ripple effect in communities. It is the starting point for widespread change in communities; young, educated women become the new leaders and activists in the fight for equality. In Kenya, where childhood marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are systemic problems, girls’ education is the most powerful tool behind a driving force for change. With the help of education, though, women are beginning to speak out against the act and help young girls avoid the same fate.
More Stable Society
It’s simple: higher education correlates to higher wages. Higher wages correlate to economic growth. But currently, only 46% of women are in the labor market, compared with over 76% of men. The reason behind this? Women across the globe lack access to education, and education has a substantial impact on job opportunities and prospect. As a result, global economies are stagnant. UNESCO and the 2017 G20 Summit reported if all girls completed secondary education, nations could add $92 billion to their economies.
Leaders & Activists
An educated society is a more stable society. Educated populations are more likely to support and promote democracy over authoritarian forms of government. Educated populations are more tolerant of different cultures and opinions. Even further, the 2017 G20 Summit outlined that if certain countries doubled the percentage of students finishing secondary education, they would in turn halve the risk of political conflict in their nations. When you educate girls today, they become the leaders of our future.