Millennium Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Targets for 2005 and 2015: Eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015.
Two-thirds of illiterates are women, and the rate of employment among women is two-thirds that of men. The proportion of seats in parliaments held by women is increasing, reaching about one third in Argentina, Mozambique and South Africa.
This picture was taken in the suburbs of Monrovia, Liberia. I see it as guardian angel taking care of a small boy…. The empowerment and the education of girls is one the most essential step for a country to develop. Quality education remains a distant dream for millions of children across the globe. 121 million children, the majority of them girls, are being denied this fundamental right.
That is why United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his groundbreaking address to the Millennium Assembly reminded us that there can be no significant or sustainable transformation in societies—and no lasting reduction in global poverty—until girls receive the basic quality education they deserve—and take their rightful place as equal partners in development.
Education can put women on the path to economic and social empowerment. Educated women tend to marry later, have fewer children and are more likely to understand what they must do to protect themselves and their families against various odds.
Education helps women become better informed about how to prevent HIV infections. It empowers them to defend themselves in potentially dangerous situations. Indeed, it has been shown that denying a girl access to quality education increases her vulnerability to abuse, exploitation and disease. Girls, more than boys, are at greater risk of such abuse when they are not in school. A classroom not only provides a safe haven for girls, it can instil in them a sense of their own power, and hope for the future.
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