“Educate a Girl . . . Change the World.”

It’s called “The Girl Effect.”  (Stick with that little video; there are some interesting statistics at the end, to wit:  “A woman or girl will reinvest 90% of her income into her family.  A man will reinvest 30-40%.” And:  “For every development dollar spent, girls receive less than two cents.”)

Powerful social and economic change [is] brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society. Why girls? Adolescent girls are uniquely capable of raising the standard of living in the developing world. Girls are the most likely agents of change, but they are often invisible in their societies and to our media. The Girl Effect is rooted in the work of the Nike Foundation, which has been joined by the Nova Foundation in a shared mission to create opportunities for girls, and for the world.

In an “on the other hand” to my last post on Afghanistan’s retreat from women’s rights, @gregmortenson (author of Three Cups of Tea) tweets:

Good news in Afghanistan? Greatest increase school enrollment in modern history 2000: 800000 students 2009 8+ million – 2.4 million r girls!


Follow the trail back to his website and find more trailheads, for instance:

Alima – CAI Newsletter
Central Asia Institute is proud to present our 1st edition of our electronic newsletter, Alima, which keeps you e-posted on our achievements and upcoming events. Alima (pronounced ah-LEE-mah), means a learned and wise female. An Arabic name of Hebrew origin, it stems from eilm, meaning knowledge in Urdu or a well yielding much water in Arabic. Alim denotes a male scholar in Arabic and Urdu, with Alima being the feminine form. This is dedicated to all the hard-working girls in CAI’s institutions in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Intriguing to me since in my twenties I started a very short-lived magazine of women’s writing called elima, which was the name of a girls’ initiation rite in Africa.  Given the diffusion of Arabic through Africa, there could be a linguistic connection.

UPDATE: More on how to empower girls and women.  And if you pre-order this book, you’ll have it in less than a month.  This stuff is a no-brainer.  Or maybe I should say a brainer.

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  1. good message, thanks

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