Today is International Day of the Girl. The United Nations declared October 11 as Day of the Girl in response to youth advocacy efforts around the world. The day focuses on advancing rights and opportunities for girls worldwide.
One important issue that is often overlooked is the lack of education for girls and women around the world. Globally, there are nearly 800,000,000 adults 15 years and older who can’t read, and two-thirds of them are women. Additionally, 62 million girls worldwide are denied an education. This leaves young girls and women vulnerable to many other social problems including poverty, discrimination, poor health, and more.
Here are a few ways that girls and women benefit from education:
- Girls who are educated marry later, have fewer children, and are more likely to seek healthcare for themselves and their children.
- Girls with secondary schooling are up to six times less likely to marry at a young age than those who have little or no schooling.
- The positive impact of girls’ education has been shown to transcend generations, resulting in better health outcomes among women, their children, and eventually, their grandchildren.
ProLiteracy is committed to addressing the education needs of girls and women both in the U.S. and abroad. Our Women and Financial Literacy, Expanding Access, and African Women’s Health Literacy programs are just a few of our initiatives that fill this need.
Join with us in celebrating International Day of the Girl. Let us know how you’ll be celebrating in the comments below.