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5 Reasons Why Education Empowers Women and Girls

Isaac Bird, Impact Network , 
5 Reasons Why Education Empowers Women and Girls

Quality education is the UN’s fourth sustainable development goal. Gender equity is its fifth. Though they are categorized separately, these goals are deeply intertwined. Indeed, women and girls worldwide have significantly less access to education than their male counterparts – so disproportionately that some 66% of the world’s 774 million illiterate population are women. This staggering statistic acutely underlines the global necessity of education for women. So, in honor of International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at five ways that education can improve the lives of all women and girls worldwide.

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Global Campaign for Education-US Welcomes New Law to Help Educate Refugee Girls

Global Campaign for Education-US Welcomes New Law to Help Educate Refugee Girls

Washington, D.C. (January 18, 2019) –  Global Campaign for Education welcomed the signing into law of the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act by President Trump on January 14. GCE-US, together with partners including Girl Up and JRS/USA , supported this legislation since it was introduced in 2017.

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The Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act has now been signed into law!

The Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act has now been signed into law!

On Wednesday, January 9th, the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act (WEEE Act) was successfully signed into law. The bipartisan legislation was led in the House of Representatives by former Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), and sponsored in the Senate by John Boozman (R-AR) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).

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Empowering Our Youth

Alexis D'Amato, 

In July, the Global Campaign for Education-US has the opportunity to speak on multiple panels for the Global Scholars program which operates through American University. It is essential to have discussions concerning advocacy for younger generations and to remember to empower and support our youth as they continue on their journey towards advocacy work. Young people such as the students participating in the Global Scholars program are a part of the future generation who will one day shape the world we live in. Let’s empower them.   

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Educated Girls Rise Up

Rise Up, 

Education enables girls to fulfill their potential to transform their lives, families, and communities. Educated girls have better employment opportunities, marry later, and go on to have fewer, healthier children. Likewise, increasing girls’ access to education contributes to improved health, development, and economic growth.

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My Experience at the 2018 Youth Advocacy Summit

Alexis D'Amato, 
My Experience at the 2018 Youth Advocacy Summit

GCE-US holds a Youth Advocacy Summit which gives youth advocates a platform to speak to their representatives to advocate for global education on Capitol Hill. The summit includes a training day with panelists from various coalition members within the Global Campaign for Education and a day of scheduled congressional meetings where the Youth Advocates can directly speak to their representatives about why access to quality education around the world matters to them. Read about my experience here. 

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From the Round table: Girls’ Education in Humanitarian Crises

Alexis D'Amato, 

Learn about essential points and strategies proposed by leaders in global education such as Yasmine Sherif - director of Education Cannot Wait, UN High Commissioner Matthew Reynolds, and Meighan Stone - Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy Program within the Council on Foreign Relations. Yasmine Sherif, Meighan Stone, and Matthew Reynolds speak to the escalating issue of providing quality education for children, especially girls, in crisis settings. 

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Why youth engagement is the answer to education

Madge Thomas, 

There is no clearer justification for youth engagement than when we consider the challenges facing global education.  Unlike other issues contributing to extreme poverty, like health, famine/hunger and barriers facing girls and women, the education community has not had a ‘spotlight’ moment in the past 10 years and was almost relegated to the ‘decidedly un-sexy’ realm.

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