March 26, 2018
Written by GPE Secretariat
This post originally appeared on the Global Partnership for Education website.
When asked about the growing women’s empowerment movement at the recent Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, GPE Board Chair Julia Gillard replied:
“Empowering a woman starts with educating a girl. If we aren’t educating every girl on the planet there is no way we can achieve this vision for female empowerment.”
Globally girls are more likely to be excluded from school, and face multiple barriers to education. These include distance to school, cultural norms and practices, school-related gender-based violence and early or forced marriage.
Yet, educating girls can have an incredible impact on societies, lifting families and communities out of poverty, improving health outcomes and civil rights for future generations.
These 8 stories of girls around the world highlight the progress that has been made in recent years and the challenges we still need to address on our path to gender equality.
Thumbnail image description: Female student, Sier Leap, from Cambodia.
Thumbnail image credit: GPE/Aya Kibesaki