Aid that’s not wasted

Published: 07 December 2010

During EDD I focus on topic of gender inequality. Doris Ofori, 15-year-old girl from Ghana, was the special guest at a presentation entitled “Gender equality: Essential to Combating Poverty”. In her speech she clearly pointed out the importance of education and equality. Education is the key answer for solving poverty, hunger, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa but also, what was stressed very strong in this case,  supports the struggle to end gender discrimination. Why is it so important? Can you imagine that 24 million girls can’t afford to go to school and may marry in age of 13 and become pregnant before 15. Statistically she will born six children and one of them will die before the age of five. “When you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation” Doris Ofori mentioned why this sentence is true.  women will teach their children, so that knowledge will be passed on to future generations. Educated women will earn up to 25 percent more but what is even more important she will reinvest earned money and knowledge up to 90 percent in her family. Also she is three times less likely to be infected with HIV, because she will know how to avoid infection. She will have a chance to avoid sexually exploited. Moreover, educated women always have fewer children who are 40 percent more likely to survive.

http://girleffect.org/video i would like to share with you this short but very evocative and full of important facts about the capabilities of women. So please remember education is not only about jobs. It is also about access to new knowledge and information which can bring to bear in defending women rights and dignity as human beings and give them an ability to participate in the various processes of decision-making.



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