“What we are learning around the world is that if women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations do as well.”–Secretary of State and former First Lady Hilary Clinton (adopted from her 1995 speech at the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China)
The truth of the matter is, that there are so many issues we are facing in the world today, its overwhelming.
War, poverty, AIDS, global warming, and human rights violations, just to name a few…
|A mother carries her son up the mountain in a basket Mustang, Nepal|
So where do we start?
By protecting, educating, and nurturing girls and women.
Because, around the word, women and girls continue to be disproportionately disadvantaged and discriminated against,
is the most effective and powerful tool we have for creating sustainable, and peaceful, global development.
|A young woman washes clothes and bathes her son at the community water spigot in Fishling, Nepal, along a popular White Water Rafting route along the Trisuli river|
|In the Nuwakot region, Nepal|
|On a weekday during school hours, in Beni, Nepal Beni was a military stronghold for the Maoist Army during the 10-year civil conflict (1996-2006), that “has left its mark on Nepal’s female population” – UNESCO|
|Women and girls gather outside their school (Astha Women’s School) in Gatthaghar, Bhaktapur.
In Nepal, more than half of women are illiterate – Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal
The impacts of education for women:
When girls are educated, their income potential increases, her children are more likely to be immunized, the birth rate decreases, maternal and infant mortality is reduced, and infection rates are lowered.
When girls are educated, they are likely to acquire skills to improve her family’s economic stability, and more likely to ensure that her children also receive an education.
To join our current fundraiser for girls education, please visit www.crowdrise.com/sponsoreducation