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Human Rights Day and Girls' Education

Today on December 10th, we celebrate  Human Rights Day for the 65th consecutive year.  Human Rights Day was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted.  This day was created to bring attention to the peoples of the world and to also create a common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.  Throughout the years, many human rights topics have taken the forefront, from civil rights to social and political justice.  Unfortunately, the issue that has not made much progress throughout the years has been Girls Educa

10 Movies, Talks and Books that will get you talking about Girl Power

Gender equality and girl empowerment have been in the agenda of many social movements worldwide – the latest example is the fact that reaching gender equality was established as one of UN’s Global Goals, a movement launched this September aimed at developing a fairer and more sustainable society.

5 ways to help Stop Gender Inequality (in your community and in the world!)

1. Stand up for your rights!

If you are a woman, know your rights, and most importantly, voice them! As a member of the workforce in the United States, you are entitled to the same rights as your male counterparts. Be sure to encourage other women to do the same.

2. Raise awareness.  

Power of Lifting Girls out of Poverty

Power of Lifting Girls out of Poverty

 

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What You Didn’t Know about Madagascar

When we hear the word Madagascar, many of us think of the comedy animated film about zoo animals and their adventures in Africa. What many of us don’t know is that Madagascar ranks #15 among countries with the highest percentage of poorest females aged 7-16 who have never been to school. Never. 46 percent of the poorest girls in Madagascar have never gone to school. The country also ranks #14 among countries for the lowest average years of education for the poorest 17-22 year old females. In Madagascar, the average is just 1.8 years of school.

10 facts on the status of girls education in developing countries today

  1. Education of women in developing countries directly contributes to the growth of national income by improving the productive capacities of the labor force.

    A recent study of 19 developing countries found that national long-term economic growth increases by 3.7 percent for every year adult population of average level schooling rises.

  2. As female education rises, fertility, population growth, and infant and child mortality fall, while family health improves.

How big is the girls' education issue in developing countries?

Female education across the world has a long way to go.

Recently, the Millennium Development Goals set a target of attaining universal primary education by 2015.

It will be a while before that happens.

In 2012, UNICEF reports, there were “61 million children of primary school who were not in school[,] and over half were girls.” While there has been some progress in regards to increasing female school enrollment, particularly at the primary level, women are still desperately at a disadvantage.

How Advertising is helping to Empower Girls

Advertising has, for a long time, been known as being part of an oppressive culture that helps distort the image women have on themselves. Being by portraying photoshopped images that show perfect – and unrealistic - models, or by referring to women as being solely responsible for housekeeping, thus the sole target of household cleaning commercials, advertising has been accused of perpetuating, or even worse, creating a limited, biased and frustrating unattainable image of women.

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