How can education lift girls out of poverty, and shift the weight on the sexist scale to be more equal?
In a recent campaign by global advocacy organization, ONE, activists are pushing political and global leaders to remember the ladies –a request that has been ignored too long.
This campaign, entitled “Poverty is Sexist ”, is a huge push to raise awareness that equal rights for women and girls is at the heart of fighting poverty. According to the report, “Nowhere on earth do women have as many opportunities as men.” The bottom line? We cannot possibly seek to end poverty without recognizing that gender plays a quintessential role in available opportunities.
Included in the report is a list of 20 places where it is toughest to be born a girl: Cote D’Ivoire, a country we serve, is one of them. This list takes into account all of the variables that lead to less opportunities for girls and women. Just second on the list of seven factors is how many years a girl is able to attend school.
In least developed countries (LCDs), only 26.8% of girls are in school, as compared to non-LCDs where 80.2% of girls are able to attend school. Education leads to employment, which leads to economic growth. But when girls aren’t in school, they are starting families and having children, facing little to no employment prospects. Even something as common as a bank account in our world is often not available to an uneducated woman.
Beyond a global fight for gender equality, it is a monumental move to aid developing areas of the world, much like what EbenGroup does everyday.
Will you carry the movement?
More on ONE: www.one.org
2016 Report: http://bit.ly/2bG8zfe
Other report… http://bit.ly/1Af45z2