Girls Around the World Need a Complete Education
In the United States and other first world countries, it can be tempting for people to say things like, “Why do women need empowerment? They already have their rights.” Well, maybe. That in itself is another discussion. But, that statement does not acknowledge the many places where women and girls do not have the same rights. One of the easiest ways to see this is through girls’ education across the globe.
Nearly 130 million girls are out of school, for varying reasons. A few of the many reasons are:
- Wars and Conflict: In areas of conflict, it is very hard for anyone to go to school, honestly. However, women and girls are more vulnerable. They are nearly 90% more likely to not be in secondary school, in contrast to areas of peace.
- Child Marriage: When girls are married off at the young ages of 13 and 14, their education comes to a halt.
Twelve years of education for a girl results in a 64% decrease in child marriages, and completing secondary school can prevent early pregnancy.
- Health: While health does affect everyone, girls without an education are at a higher risk for STDs, early pregnancy, and other health complications. If all girls could receive 12 full years of education, the world would see a huge decrease in early childbirths (nearly 59%,) and a steep decline in child death (about 49%).
“Secondary education for girls can transform communities, countries and our world. It is an investment in economic growth, a healthier workforce, lasting peace and the future of our planet.” – Malala Yousafzai
Statistics and information found on: malala.org
Fund, Malala. “Learning for 12 Years. Leading without Fear.” The Malala Fund, www.malala.org/.