Educate and empower women and girls, transform the world
The positive impacts of educating women and girls is far-reaching. Yet millions of women and girls don’t have access to quality education.
Worldwide, 31 million girls of primary school age are out of school, and millions more are in school but barely learning. Those who do finish school, or even university, often following major financial sacrifices from family members, often find that their job options are no different than if they had never studied.
They don’t have the soft or technical skills that good local employers are looking for. Millions of internally displaced and migrant women find themselves unable to take control of their situations because they cannot learn the local language.
We believe that all women and girls should have access to quality education so that they can thrive.
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 economy
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 solutions, tailoring our education projects to the needs of the women and girls in that community. This could mean developing mentoring programmes, building safe community spaces for women and girls, or providing vocational training programmes.
Access to education changes everythingRead the stories of the women and girls who benefit from our projects, and about the real impact that your donations make in their lives. Each of them has a story worth sharing.
“I would love to work in the biggest hotel in the world!” Aminata, Côte d'Ivoire