Educated Girls Become Empowered Women
By Czarina Nafarrate, Content & Program Coordinator
Unfortunately, close to 130 million girls worldwide are out of school today. With your help, GreaterGood.org’s Girls Voices program is partnering with grassroots organizations around the globe to change that. One girl can create a ripple within her community that only grows stronger from there. That’s why our team works hard to empower girls through media training as well, giving them the power to share their stories with the world and ignite change. In fact, we believe that girls’ access to education is key to global progress.
Why is educating girls so important?*
It can help communities grow socioeconomically
Educated women are more likely to escape poverty by leading healthier lives, contributing more to their communities, and being more productive. In fact, the World Bank estimates that just a one percent increase in women with secondary education can increase their country’s per capita income growth.
It helps to decrease malnutrition
Educated women are more knowledgeable about their and their children’s nutritional needs, leading to better nutrition, sanitation, and overall health care.
In addition, educated women can be involved in improving farms in their communities, yielding better crops for everyone.
It can put a stop to child marriage
Most child marriages occur when a girl’s schooling has come to an end. Due to financial and logistical barriers, this usually happens by the 5th grade. By keeping girls in school, we’re delaying their marriage arrangements, hopefully until they have the skills and tools necessary to make that decision themselves.
It can reduce the mortality rates in infants and mothers
Thanks to a better understanding of their bodies and their health care options, educated women are less likely to die during pregnancy, childbirth, or during the postpartum period.
More schooling opportunities for girls also leads to more female health care providers to take care of prenatal medical care, labor and delivery, delivery complications and emergencies, and follow-up care, providing a unique and more empathetic perspective.
Educated women are able to make more educated decisions when it comes to their children’s health. Their children are less likely to die before their first birthday.
It increases involvement in the political process
A consistent education encourages girls to participate in political discussions, leading them to be a part of important decision-making in the future. Women with leadership skills lead to economic and social change through government participation and representation.
It can reduce domestic & sexual abuse
Educated girls and women are less likely to be victims of domestic and sexual violence and are more likely to stand up to it.
It’s better for the environment
Really. One of the earth’s toughest problems is overpopulation, especially in developing countries. As we mentioned before keeping a girl in school delays young marriages, which in turn delays pregnancies and avoids unwanted pregnancies. This might not seem like much, but the United Nations predicts if we continue to educate girls, the population can be 1.8 billion fewer people than what we expect today.
The Girls’ Voices team truly believes that education is empowerment and we’re proud to have donors like you who make it all possible.
*Sources: unicef.org, centralasiainstitute.org, educatinggirlsmatters.org, and borgenmagazine.com