Womens Education Girls and Womens Education

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					Education is a fundamental human right according to the United Nations;
however, sixty million girls worldwide are denied an education, and
millions more receive an inferior education as compared to boys. The
reasons for the lack of education for women are sexist cultural norms,
poverty, poor health, and safety issues. The lack of education effects
economic advancement, health and family planning, and the uneducated
womens children and their education. The benefits to educating women are
profound for the individual, and to local and global societies. A girls
education is the "best investment for reducing poverty, improving health,
and ensuring social well being" according to the United Nations
Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and there are
efforts being made to improve this social crisis.

If a woman is uneducated, their options and rights for equal employment,
political participation, financial independence, and informed family
planning are extremely limited or non-existent. Internationally, women
continue to be exploited and caught in poverty with their childrens lives
compromised as well. Uneducated women are more likely to live in poverty,
be infected with HIV/AIDS, or die in childbirth. Their children are also
more likely to die of malnutrition.

Women with an education are more likely to be employed, and therefore
able to support themselves and their children independently. When women
are productive in a workplace, it contributes to the economy and society.
Therefore, an effort toward educating women effects future generations
and the global community. It has been found that educated women are more
likely to engage in protected sex, therefore avoiding the spread of AIDS
and sexually transmitted diseases. This also helps avoid unwanted
pregnancies and contributes to a decline in infant mortality.
Additionally, educated women are far more likely to send their children
to school, continuing the positive effects.

There have been conferences and summits by international groups in
efforts to achieve universal primary education. Some progress has been
made, but not enough. Further goals include eliminating child labor,
supporting gender responsive schools that allow pregnant girls to
continue their education, producing relevant educational content,
providing gender sensitive curricula, training more female teachers,
building schools accessible to girls homes, and making schools safe for
girls.

There are many organizations supports women and girls around the world to
improve their lives, including many projects that help women and girls
seek an education. These volunteer organizations of businesses and
professional women contribute time and financial support on local and
international levels.

				
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