Updated: Jun 29, 2021
Help young girl's receive the education they deserve.
By: Naya Dukkipati
“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?” Malala Yousafzai
Today, millions of girls in the world do not have access to education. What may seem like a basic freedom, so accessible to some, is a constant struggle for many others. In countries where there is a debate to give girls access to education, questions such as “is this a good use of the country’s resources?” and “is this beneficial?” are detractors to progress. This is true not just for women, but for the economic and cultural advancement of society as a whole. When Queen Rania of Jordan said that “poverty is a she”, she was referring to the fact that poor access to educational and job opportunities was a contributor to some of the world’s greatest problems. A woman with skills to provide for herself and for her children without having to be dependent on man or charity, is an asset to her community and the future generation.
When the focus of an argument becomes about statistics in place of human rights, injustice is the prevailing outcome. When Hillary Clinton famously said, "human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights”, in 1995 at the United Nations Fourth World Conference in Beijing, it was met with thunderous applause. Girls should have access to education because it is a basic human right; therefore, even though it is a proven point that it is of great economic benefit to a nation to educate its women, gender and “societal benefit” should not be the main argument in this cause. Girls can achieve great things and if they receive an education they can change the world from what they have learned, but it is not an obligation. Girls should have a choice on their access to education and how they choose to implement it. Only then is progress made in the protection of basic human rights for all.
Aiding in economic prosperity and reconstructing social customs for women by giving girls access to education is a step forward in gender equality. In a fight to gain this right for girls all over the world, you can make a difference through simple methods.
Email the administrators or faculty at your school and reach out to parents and students about this issue. Encourage them to start a conversation in your history class. You can even write an article for your school’s newspaper, have it mentioned in the morning announcements, or forward this article to your friends and family.
If you want to do even more, organize an event where you can have speakers discuss the importance of girl’s education and raise money for a specific organization to help.
A stellar organization to donate to is the Malala Fund. Helping girls since 2013 have the ability to learn and lead.
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