Educating Women and Children A Moral Imperative. Prepared for Women Leaders for the World July 29, 2006 . Investment in children’s and women’s education provides returns for generations. HOPE .
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Women Leaders for the World
July 29, 2006
“My mother speaks to me fondly of school days and how much she wished she could have stayed longer,” notes one of the 2,000 students in South Darfur.
Source: UNICEF, UN Population Fund
Educating women and children is not an option; it is a necessity. Hence we must:
Governments enact legislative measures to prohibit girls from withdrawing from school. Nigeria has imposed such a law and it appears to be working.
Provide scholarships to girls. Zambia has begun to provide scholarships to girls.
Examples: the Czech Republic, India, Myanmar, Nigeria, Portugal, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda do provide opportunities for vocational and professional training for girls.
Example: Austria, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Portugal and Zambia
Almaz Negash, Director
Global Leadership and Ethics
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Santa Clara University
Tel: 1 (408) 554-7890