Education is Imperative for Gender Equality

Women Like Us Foundation supports women’s leadership for Gender Equality and Social Justice in the areas of Sex Trafficking, Homelessness and Education.  It is the purpose of our blogs to create awareness of the work of women and the impact they are making on the world.

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“Education is one of the most important means of empowering women…”

In 1994, the United Nations Population Fund provided the following alarming statistics: “despite notable efforts by countries around the globe that have appreciably expanded access to basic education, there are approximately 960 million illiterate adults in the world, of whom two thirds are women. More than one third of the world’s adults, most of them women, have no access to printed knowledge, to new skills or to technologies that would improve the quality of their lives and help them shape and adapt to social and economic change. There are 130 million children who are not enrolled in primary school and 70 per cent of them are girls” (Issue 7: Women Empowerment). The UNPF stated “education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process.”

To Educate the Female is to Empower the Female! To Educate the Female is to Empower Society!

In a recent humanitarian article, The Top 10 Reasons Why Female Education is Important, Lauren Stepp adequately states, “when women are provided with equal rights and equal access to education, they go on to participate in business and economic activity. The sustainability and progress of all regions depends on the success of women across the globe.” Stepp points out, “As President Obama said while addressing the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, ‘The future must not belong to those who bully women. It must be shaped by girls who go to school and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons.'”

To become educated is not only important for the female gender, but it’s imperative for the growth of our nation as a whole. In other words, to educate the female is to empower the female! And, to educate the female is to empower our society!

Women Like Us Foundation Supports the Efforts for Female Education

Women Like Us Foundation is committed to being a part of creating a world that has greater equality. Education is ALWAYS the key for greater gender equality: education in reading, writing, math, science, and education in life-skills such as hygiene and nutrition.  Education opens the door to opportunities and choices in life. And, investing in education for women and girls leads to economic empowerment and growth.  When women are educated, they bring their children, families and communities along with them!

The Women Like Us Foundation provides funds, opportunities for volunteering, and awareness both locally and globally. The following are a few programs the Women Like Us Foundation is supporting, within our local communities, in their mission and work in educating the female:

ONE GIRL AT A TIME PROGRAM (Indianapolis, Indiana & Los Angeles, California)

One Girl at a Time Program is educating teen girls to live their best life through mentoring and empowerment workshops, providing tools necessary for young girls to become Women Like Us. Girls learn life skills, their value to society, their communities, and the world. By supporting healthy self-esteem, promoting education, and providing multifaceted guidance, girls learn about themselves, acquire the tools necessary for success in all aspects of life, and start the journey on becoming the best they can be.

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Currently, we have two program initiatives located in Indianapolis, Indiana and Los Angeles, California. Both are growing and developing with over 1000 girls impacted over the past 5 years. Our humanitarian trips with the teen girls have already impacted lives on a global scale.

 

 

For more information, or to learn how you can become involved, please visit our website at www.womenlikeusfoundation.org

 

“Issue 7: Women Empowerment.” UNFPA. N.p., 1994. Web. 18 June 2016.

Stepp, Lauren. “Top 10 Reasons Female Education is Important.” The Borgen Project.

          N.p., 23 May 2015. Web.

 

Written By: Sommer K. Bannan

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