Although there has been significant progress toward gender equality in recent centuries, there is still a significant amount of ground to cover before it can be said that equality between the sexes has been achieved in its entirety in today’s world. In today’s culture, women are not accorded the same legal rights as males in a number of contexts, including but not limited to the following: child marriage; female genital mutilation; sexual harassment and domestic abuse; inequity in educational and occupational chances; and so on. This article discusses the reasons why we as a society need to educate girls and how doing so will help us achieve gender equality, which will ultimately lead to an increase in the general well-being of women all over the world.
Illiteracy among women is the foundation of gender inequality.
Women make up nearly seven out of every ten of the world’s population of people who are illiterate. I’m asking you this as a friend and because we are both women because I want to know if you will commit to helping us achieve our goal of empowering girls. A girl can receive her first year of schooling for free thanks to this one-time donation.
Fewer than one in six girls in countries still developing their economies have the opportunity to continue their education past primary school. In addition, it is estimated that seven out of ten females in low-income rural communities are illiterate when they reach adulthood. There is only a 5% literacy rate among adult women who did not continue their education past elementary school. Since the early 1990s, the percentage of illiterate women has been increasing at a rate that is two times faster than the percentage of illiterate men. It is anticipated that this pattern will carry on for several decades unless significant action is taken right now to reverse it. However, there is still a significant amount of work that must be done! If the current trends continue, UNESCO predicts that by the year 2030, 65 million young women will not have completed lower secondary school and 50 million young women between the ages of 20 and 24 will still be illiterate.
Educating girls, however, isn’t just about narrowing the gender gap; it’s also about breaking the cycle of poverty and ignorance that has doomed the generations who came before them. When a woman has more education, she is able to make better decisions, both for herself and for the health of her family. She is able to make more money, which she then reinvests in the health of her family, her society, and herself; as a result, she is able to overcome cycles of poverty and contribute to the development of more sustainable communities.
When women have the same rights as men, the world will be a better place.
The fact that girls are given less value by society than boys is at the heart of the problem. Girls who are treated as second-class citizens are deprived of the agency they require to affect positive change for themselves and their family. This begins at an early age, when males receive greater attention in school, better nourishment, and, later on in life, earn higher earnings for their labor. At home and in positions of power, males are responsible for making all of the significant choices. It should come as no surprise that women in all cultures experience higher rates of poverty, sickness, inequity, and hunger than males do overall.
It is essential for women to have a voice in the decisions that affect their life so that we can work together to find solutions to these issues. Education, employment opportunities, medical treatment, and access to markets and other resources are essential for women. Although they make up half of the population, women hold barely 10 percent of elected positions in parliaments around the globe. Because they are underrepresented in government, women do not have a voice or sufficient influence over the decisions that are made on public policy. There are requirements for the number of women that can serve on corporate boards in several nations throughout the world, and Canada is one of them. These quotas require businesses to seriously consider female candidates. However, far too few people are still obtaining opportunity to become directors or managers within firms, much alone senior leadership roles. This is a problem that has to be addressed. Because of the effects of globalization, women’s labor force participation has been declining since 1990, but their salaries have been stagnant until very recently. In order for women to be able to engage fully in our economy, they require equal access.
Education gives women more agency.
In point of fact, when we invest in the education of girls, we are providing them with the potential to improve their health and lifespan, provide for themselves and their families, contribute to the economic growth of their communities, and help break the cycle of poverty. Unfortunately, in sub-Saharan Africa, women who live below the poverty level have a lower likelihood of attending secondary school than males who live below the poverty line do. This disparity is much more pronounced among children. Girls make up around one third of all children that are enrolled in elementary school across the world’s various areas. But this number drops significantly by the time students reach the secondary level, where just over 20% of girls are enrolled. It is quite obvious that women in many parts of the world do not have enough access to educational opportunities. That is why there are initiatives such as HeForShe in place! Only a week ago, Emma Watson gave a speech focusing on feminism and equal rights for men and women. This campaign’s objective is to urge men to join women in recognizing the significance of feminism within our society and in calling for an end to discrimination against women. She also encouraged everyone else to take action as well; so, if you are reading this blog article, get out there and educate a girl as soon as you can!
Girls’ empowerment is essential to ending violence against women.
The degree to which our culture prioritizes the education of girls and the empowerment of women has a significant bearing on the prevalence of violence against women. A child who grows up in a home with a mother who received an education when she was younger has a 27% lower risk of dying from preventable causes before the age of five, a 32% lower risk of not attending school, a 30% lower risk of getting married when they are still children, and a 23% lower risk of being a victim of domestic violence (Center for Global Development).
Education for women is one of the ways we can protect future generations from facing the same challenges that have plagued previous generations to such a severe degree. We need them to take action right now in order for things to get better for the generation that comes after us. – Give education to young women so they can defend themselves.
-Put an end to harmful traditional practices such as the mutilation of female genitalia
-Prevent governments from reducing the amount of money allocated for the education of girls
The number of schools catering exclusively to female students is falling.
In the majority of nations across the world, there are far more male students enrolled in schools than there are female students. The situation is even more dire in certain nations, such as India and Nepal, for example. The number of young women who are not currently enrolled in school is estimated to range from over 20% in Jordan and Yemen to over 40% in Afghanistan by UNICEF. Unfortunately, due to the ways in which our culture educates and socializes young males, girls are frequently denied access to educational opportunities on par with those available to boys. As a consequence of this, there is a greater possibility that girls will not continue their education through the elementary level — whereas males are taught through all levels of schooling — and will quit school entirely once they reach their teenage years (ages 12-14).
The repercussions will actually occur. It has been demonstrated that when the gender gap between boys and females at the age of secondary school reaches 10%, there is a 7% decrease in the average income of females in developing nations. One example of this is gender inequality in developing countries. And it’s not just about earning potential: when you spend time and money into educating females, you’re also investing in their ability to care for themselves and their families through subsistence farming or small enterprises. This is a benefit that goes beyond earning potential. However, we cannot wait any longer to take action since, for every day that passes, another one million young women miss out on the opportunity to receive a primary education.
Providing possibilities for young women who are not yet enrolled in school
The vast majority of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are prevented from receiving an education as a result of prejudice, marriage at a young age, and extreme poverty. Girls’ well-being can be adversely affected over the long run by a lack of education because there is a strong correlation between education and greater incomes as well as improved health outcomes. One answer is for people to take a deeper look at what it means for a girl to not be able to attend school and the implications that are still there even when she attends school. This is one approach. Another alternative is for people to take action. This can aid in the development of policies as well as the creation of possibilities for girls who are not already enrolled in school. For instance, one problem is that many families do not have the money to pay for their children’s education. To find a solution to this problem, governments and private groups should collaborate on the research and development of affordable educational opportunities. Access to bathrooms is another issue that requires attention because many schools do not have them; in addition to this, cleanliness and hygiene are important!
Educating the future generation on how to prevent being married as a youngster
One of the most devastating effects of educational disparity is the prevalence of child marriage. More than a third of females become mothers before the age of 18, and one in eleven young women are married against their will before they reach adulthood. This occurs in every region of the world. After having a child, it is impossible for many of these young women to continue their education. But there is reason for optimism: educating young women is one of the most effective ways to stop the cycle of poverty and other negative outcomes that result from inequality. Educating girls, for instance, helps them earn higher income as adults and ensures that their children receive better nutrition. This is made possible by an investment in education.
Because males all too frequently grow up without knowing how to cope with their feelings or constructively express themselves, we need to teach boys about consent, entitlement, and what defines healthy relationships. Boys who witness violence against women or experience violence themselves are five times more likely to commit sexual violence against a partner when they grow up. Teaching children at a young age how this behavior can affect them later on will help break the cycle of abuse and put an end to the cycle of abuse.
In order to put an end to violence in our society that is based on gender, we need to cease breaking individuals apart according to their gender. What is important is providing opportunities for everyone, regardless of their history or views, and gender is irrelevant in this regard.