Why does this happen?
Depending on the country where girls are brought it can have varying factors as to why they are unable to learn. Some examples are:
Even if you are fortunate enough to receive an education…
And then if you make it into the world of work…
“But that only happens in poorer countries—not the UK”.
Whilst certain issues such as child marriage are far more prevalent in other countries, there are still around 137,700 children in the UK missing school due to poverty (most notably period poverty). And, there is no shortage of girls born into families with financial problems. Even for girls that do attend school, the gender gap in learning and skills development still occurs today.
But, even if UK girls had no problems in regards to their educational situation, does that mean that we ignore girls in other countries that are struggling?
No matter who you are or where you live, you have a fundamental human right to education.
It’s protected in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
What are the advantages to more girls receiving education?
Change For the Next Generation
Without access to education, girls aren’t able to learn new skills that would help to create change. If there do then not only would they be able to make changes for themselves but also for their future children (if they choose to have them) and in their careers. The more girls given this opportunity means large proportions of their communities will follow suit and, hopefully pass on these new standards for the benefit of future generations.
Breaking the cycle of poverty
By staying in school, a girl will be more likely to increase her income earning potential meaning she will have the means to build a better life for herself.
When looking at the impact on the world, according to UN Women, it has already shown to be an incredibly advantageous for businesses. By increasing employment and leadership opportunities for women, this has been shown to increase organisational effectiveness and growth.
It is estimated that companies with three or more women in senior management functions score higher in all dimensions of organisational performance.
When more women work, economies grow. Women’s economic empowerment:
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