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Clarify: Women Leading Push For Girls’ Education

March 8, 2015

Jeff Weintraub

On International Women’s Day, (my client) Global Partnership for Education recognizes in this post (with contributions by Weintraub Communications) 15 women who have helped promote girls’ education.

Two of those women, activist and philanthropist Graça Machel, and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg wrote in 2014: “In childhood and adolescence, too many girls are undernourished, stunted, denied education and forced into early marriages. This creates a gender disparity that threatens to undermine stability in future generations and must be addressed by policymakers.”

KidjoAnother, West African singer, songwriter and UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo, (at left in photo) told Al-Jazeera: “The problem we are having today is that girls in some countries, in some traditions, are still seen as [a] commodity. Therefore, they can be kidnapped. They can be married. The only thing that I know as an African person that can transform my continent is girls’ education.”

And Ann Cotton, the founder of the Campaign for Female Education, or Camfed, said last year of girls’ education that “there is a feeling, a zeitgeist, a global awareness around this issue, and we have to take advantage of it.”

[Photo above from: https://twitter.com/BatongaTweets/status/256062348073238528/photo/1]

Amplify: Op-Ed on Value of Girls’ Education

March 6, 2015

Jeff Weintraub

julia-rwandaFormer Australian Prime Minister and Chair of (our client) the Global Partnership for Education just published this piece, which Weintraub Communications helped shape, in the WISE Ed Review. It coincides with the 2015 observance of International Women’s Day on March 8. She wrote:

“Over the last decade, there has been a substantial improvement in getting more children in school, and many nations have achieved or approached gender parity in their primary schools. But 31 million is still a staggering number, and it means that the task of bringing a quality education to girls in every corner of the world is still far from complete.

“…This year, as we refine and inaugurate the Sustainable Development Goals, we have a chance to inject new urgency into the agenda of educating more girls by expanding access to secondary school, improving quality and better responding when education is caught up in a crisis.

“Yes, that is going to take more money, but education is a high-return investment. There’s more than enough evidence to show that educating girls is not only transformational to girls themselves but to everyone around them. With education, a girl will be better positioned over her lifetime to help herself and her family move out of poverty and avoid the threats of disease. That makes for stronger women and more resilient families, communities, nations and the world.”