Women’s education helps avert child marriagePosted: July 24, 2014
Simple principle … Educating girls is the key to empowering them, and this is very important to building a better tomorrow.
This week, a Girl Summit is being held in London, aimed at rallying efforts to end female genital mutilation and child marriage within a generation. This blog looks at the vital role that education plays in helping reduce child marriages and the child pregnancies that often occur as a result.
Around 2.9 million girls are married by the age of 15 in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia, equivalent to one in eight girls in each region, according to estimates in the 2013/4 EFA Global Monitoring Report. These shocking statistics mean millions of girls are robbed of their childhood and denied an education.
Our Report also showed, without a doubt, that ensuring that girls stay in school is one of the most effective ways to prevent child marriage.
Education empowers women to overcome discrimination. Girls and young women who are educated have greater awareness of…
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