Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and co-author of the famous book -- now documentary -- Half the Sky, believes that women are the solution, not the problem. Women's empowerment unlocks the so-called "girl effect" -- the benefits reaped by an entire society when girls are educated and allowed to use their skills. The second half of this article emphasizes just that; educated women improve the standard of living and the health of the next generation. They also temper ideological extremism.
You need look no further than our recent blog post about Emilienne and Gloria to see two vivid examples of the girl effect at work. Emilienne provides work to 29 women, and Gloria provides jobs to men and women in her community. Gloria has been so successful that she sponsors two children (not her own) to go to school. Manizha from Afghanistan (see blog post) is similarly entrepreneurial and beneficial to her community. When women earn more money, they return nearly all of it to their children and families -- not always so with men.
On Thursday, September 26, the Gendercide Awareness Project presents a film on this very subject. Called Girl Rising, it stresses the positive change that proceeds from educating girls. If you live in the Dallas area, please join us! Click HERE for more information on the September 26 Girl Rising movie.
To read the article by Nicholas Kristof, Women as a Force of Change, please click HERE.