Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day! This day is really important for so many reasons – I’m only going to talk about one aspect. If you’d like more information on Women’s Day or if you’d like to join the #BeBoldForChange Challenge, please visit their website.
There are many reasons why being a woman can be difficult in many parts of the world – just check out this article written about the dire struggles happening worldwide. I’d like to discuss education.
In certain parts of the world, education is taken for granted. Millions of girls wake up every morning and attend school. They’re even encouraged to attend higher education. But this isn’t the case everywhere – there are over 60 million girls who are denied an education, and there are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school. And of the 774 million illiterate people in the world, two-thirds are girls.
Education creates opportunities – opportunities for a better life. Education enhances the lives of women by improving their health, employment, families, and communities. Let’s take a look at some facts.
Health & Family
- A child born to an educated mother (one who can read and write) is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.
- If all girls completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds.
- If all women had a secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half, in effect saving 3 million lives.
- If all women had a primary education, 1.7 million children would be saved from malnutrition.
- If all women had a secondary education, 12 million children would be saved from malnutrition.
Pay & Employment
- A woman will earn 20% more for every extra year of school.
- In Pakistan, women with a primary education earn 51% of what men earn. If they have a secondary education, they earn 70% of what men earn.
- In Brazil, only 37% of women with less than a primary education are in work. This number rises to 50% if they have a primary education and 60% with a secondary education.
- If all girls had a secondary education, there would be two-thirds fewer child marriages.
- On average, a woman with no education gives birth to 6.7 children. This number halves to 3.9 with women who have a secondary education.
- Almost 60% fewer girls would become pregnant under the age of 17 in the
sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia if they all had a secondary education.
These are just some facts, and most of them were taken from this amazing online report. If you’d like to read more, please click here. It is VITAL that we educate young girls so they can have better opportunities to improve their lives. If you’d like to be a part of that change, click here to see how you can get involved and what you can do.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and I hope some of these statistics or resources will move you in the right direction.