Women and children around the world are suffering, beyond what we can imagine or think. Many of them do not have access to hygiene items, tools for education, or even those necessary things to live.
The girls who have been educated are likely to marry later and to have smaller and healthier families. Educated women can recognize the importance of health care and know how to seek it for themselves and their children. Education helps girls and women to know their rights and to gain confidence to claim them. However, women’s literacy rates are significantly lower than men’s in most developing countries.
Opportunity for girls and women to become educated will cause them to have better futures,
Therer are numerous foundations by which we can make a difference in donating toward the cause.
In Jamaica, through an alliance with the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation and funding from the European Union, UNFPA supported a programme that enabled thousands of girls to return to school following pregnancies and to acquire technical skills.
In a UNFPA-supported project in Bolivia, women are learning to read in their indigenous language while learning about reproductive health, safe motherhood and health insurance.
I recommend that all of us log onto womenwatch.org to see how we can all make monetary differences in the lives of the many women and children who are seeking opportunities to have a great future.