CNN recently published great piece by Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway and co-chair of the U.N. Secretary General’s Millennium Development Goals Advocates; and Hannah Godefa,UNICEF National Ambassador for Ethiopia.
In it, they discuss how, as humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Syria and Central African Republic unfold, it is girls who are caught in the crossfire:
Girls are murdered by soldiers, killed or sexually assaulted as they flee, their lives are being ravaged by wars they did not start.
The article explains how millions of girls not having access to education affects not just their security, but their hope for a better life. Educated girls and women have smaller families and healthier children, are less likely to die in childbirth, are more likely to see their children survive past the age of 5, are more likely to send their own children to school, and are better able to protect themselves and their children from malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, and sexual exploitation.
Investing in girls is key, but the authors ask: is anyone really listening? Will the international community finally take action?
There are two equalizers in life – the internet and education.
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