There are more than 774 million of illiterate people in this world and two thirds of them are women. In developing countries, less than 27% of girls manage to finish secondary school. More than 12 million girls suffer from malnutrition for causes that would be avoided if their mothers would have been able to access an education.
Promoting the access to education and instruction of women is the key to advance in the most vulnerable communities.
- It would improve the world´s economy. The access of women to education is a decisive factor to find a job. Reducing inequalities in the employability rate between men and women. For example, for 2017 it would mean generating an additional total of 1,6 billions of dollars in the world´s production.
- It is crucial for their health and for their children´s health. If every mother would complete primary education, maternal mortality would be reduced in a 67%. Moreover, there would be a decrease of 15% in infant´s mortality. During the last four decades, the increase that women´s education has experienced, has avoided more than four million infant deaths.
- It would increase their autonomy. Every year that a girl attends school, her income in the future could be increased between a 10% and 20%. Also, education helps women overcome discrimination: gives them more confidence and freedom to make decisions.
- It would decrease poverty. Giving women the same opportunity as men to access a basic education and making sure that all of the students in developing countries finish school with the basic abilities of reading would reduce extreme poverty in the world a 12%.
- Girls would enjoy their childhood and birthrates would stabilize. Early maternity would be reduced in West Asia and in Sub-Saharan Africa in a 60% if they all accessed secondary education. Worldwide, access to education would reduce child marriage in two thirds.
- Education is a fundamental human right and the key to access all the rights equally.
For this and much more other reasons, we have been urging the access to education of women in developing countries for thirty years. For women, education can turn into their most powerful weapon to access their rights and reach equality.