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The Girl Effect – An old one but a great one.

August 21, 2013

Last night the inspirational Malala Yousafzai received the Tipperary peace prize for the courage and determination she has shown in her short lifetime.  Last year Malala (16) was shot in the head by the Taliban as she returned from school. Her crime? She was promoting the importance of education for girls.

Giving girls access to education in the developing world is crucial to the success of future generations. To give you an idea of just how important it is:

  1. Children of literate women have a 50% greater chance to survive past 5 years of age
  2. For each additional year girls go to school they receive 10-20% higher wages
  3. For each additional 1% of girls with secondary education per capita income growth increases by 0.3%
  4. Literate women tend to have literate children

Malala is just one girl but she represents the dreams and aspirations of girls all around the world who can’t exercise their right to receive an education.  You can tell that this is just the beginning for her, she will bring about great change as she gets older.  If you think that something small cannot make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.

“The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.”

– Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

This is one of my all time favorite humanitarian videos.  It’s from way back in 2008.

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