Last year, I worked on a project dealing with education for girls in Ethiopia. I think that educating people is truly important because it prevents poverty and disease and overpopulation, making everyone's lives better. When you educate a female, she is likely to pass on all she has learned to her children and friends and family and community. The same is not always true for male education (although it is still very important of course!), which was why I was excited to find an article on WomenWatch from Unicef (an organization I like and have donated to in the past) about girls' education around the world, particularly in Africa, a continent that contains some of the countries with the highest gender gaps in the world.
The article described the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative, which focuses on gender equality while accepting cultures. It tries to get girls into schools and also addresses the root causes of the lack of girl' education by fighting against HIV/AIDS, abuse, human trafficking, and more. This organization has been in place for ten years.
I will follow UNGEI and see what else it does. The link to the Unicef article and the UNGEI website are here...
- Julia M. :D