The Girl Effect

International Women’s Day was this Monday (the 8th). It’s not an official holiday in the US, but should be. It’s a day to celebrate how far women have come in reducing the gap between men, but it’s also a recognition of how far we still have to go. International Women’s Day is not only a day of celebration, but a day of awareness.

Women are still some of the most oppressed people in this world. A majority of women in the world are still treated as second-class citizens, as less to men; not important. But this is the exact problem feeding into poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS, high mortality rates, you name it. It’s because of our lack of efforts to empower women. The Girl Effect is not only an organization, but the theory, and the truth of how giving girls opportunity can change the world for the better.

The Girl Effect has two components: Educating girls, and giving them the means to support themselves. Organizations like Mercy Corps, the Girl Effect, Women to Women, etc. are giving microloans to women around the world, in order to help them start a business. And it’s working. With the small amount of money they’re given, they can by the raw materials in which they can then buy a cow as the video said, and they pay off the loan with interest within a few weeks, and get another loan–And are able to expand their business. With the profits, and the right education that these microfinancing organizations provide, they set it aside either to further expand their business, buy a house, pay for school fees for their children, etc. and they’re profits grow, and grow, and grow. And soon they don’t even need the loans anymore. It’s not a rip-off EU or US Bank-Deal–This is what loaning used to be about, and this is what succesful loans can do: Give women a shot at being the bread winners, and their children follow in their footsteps. Women tend to put 90% of their income toward taking care of their family, when men (as trends shows) tend to only put 30% of their income toward their family (and the other 70% usually goes to prostitutes, beers, etc.) take note that this is only true for developing countries. Of course, improving access to education to all–Girls and Boys alike, will surely increase this rate for men.

And education– 2/3 of the illiterate people in the world are Women. When parents are forced to choose which kid to send to school (because of the cost of school fees) they usually choose the boy. This is especially true in China. This leaves a huge amount of uneducated girls in the world, and instead of school, many are sent to be trafficked for sex, work in the fields, married off early, etc. But once again, education can be one of the solutions to many of the world’s problems.


In some developing countries, women are more likely to die in childbirth than to receive an education.

(care.org)

Every 1 minute,

a woman dies of a preventa ble complication with pregnancy. Many of whom are living in poverty.

(americanprogress.org)

When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2 fewer children.

(GirlEffect.Org)

Educated  girls grow educated women, who have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children.

(GirlEffect.Org)

When women earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families.

(GirlEffect.Org)

An extra year of primary school boosts girl’s future wages by 10-20%.

(GirlEffect.Org)

An extra year of secondary school boosts girl’s future wages by 15-25%.

(GirlEffect.Org)

Women produce the world’s food, but only own 1% of its farmland.

(care.org)

In some developing countries, women are more likely to die in childbirth than reach the 6th grade.

(care.org)

 

 

Of the 876 million illiterate adults in the world, over 2/3 of those are women.

(care.org)

1/3 women worldwide will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime.(care.org)

Educated women are 50% more likely to immunize their children than uneducated mothers.

(care.org)

 

 

In some developing countries, women are more likely to die in childbirth than to receive an education.

(care.org)

Someone once said that “Women hold up half the sky.” As Bill Gates said to the men in Egypt, they will never become technologically succesful and competitive with the rest of the world unless they use the other half of workers–Women.

The solution can be as simple as a girl.

If you ever would like to hold an event to raise awareness on women oppression, etc. here are 34 facts about women that are sized per sheet, convinient for a fact walk, etc.

https://acrobat.com/#d=IivBSiDE7jH6brNEtqlISQ

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