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Why Female Education?

For women and girls, access to quality education can change everything.

Educate and empower women and girls, transform the world

Millions of women and girls globally are denied access to quality education. Impacted by poverty and traditional gender biases, 65 million girls of primary and secondary school age are kept out of the classrooms.

Without quality education, it is harder for a woman to support herself, and advance her employment and leadership prospects. Limited access to education is often accompanied by a lack of access to healthcare, being unable to make positive choices for individual well being, and a barrier to taking leadership roles in local communities. By keeping women and girls out of schools, wider society as a whole suffers.

WONDER works to break this cycle and empower women and girls to care for themselves and their communities. We aim to do this through female education.

Female education in numbers


66% of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female.


Young women make up 58% of those not completing primary school.


58% of women in the world are employed in the informal economy.


Every additional year of secondary school increases girls’ eventual wages by 25% percent.

The transformative power of education

Educated women have more resource for decision-making

Educated women have more information to make choices to benefit their overall well-being.  They can make better decisions for their health, choose to marry at the best time for themselves, and better support their children.

Educated women invest in their communities

Educated women are empowered to take on leadership roles within their communities. With increased representation by women in the public sector, policies better reflect the needs of family and community life.  

Educated women have access to better jobs in the formal sector

Education narrows pay gaps and increases a woman’s chance of entering the formal economy. By improving access to the formal sector, women can expect better social protections, improved rights at work, and safer working conditions. 

Educated women have healthier, more educated families

Educated women are more equipped to provide enhanced nutrition and education support to their children. Healthy, educated children become happier and more engaged members of society. This helps break the cycle of poverty within communities. 

How are we addressing this issue?

We work with women-led local partners to implement the most sustainable and effective solution. Whether it is by developing mentoring programmes, building safe community spaces for women and girls or providing vocational training programmes, working closely with our local partners allows us to tailor our education projects to the local context and the needs of women and girls in that community.


What you can do

There are many ways in which you can support our mission to empower women and girls with education. You can make a donation, fundraise for us, campaign with us and voluteer your time.


Access to education changes everything

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