Giving Girls The Opportunity For Work
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Today is the International Day of The Girl Child, which is a day founded by the United Nations back in 2012.
According to the U.N., “Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women.”
During this day, there is a Day of the Girl Summit at the United Nations headquarters in order to bring together organizations to focus on advancements for the opportunities for girls.
Each year, the UN dedicates this day to focus on a specific theme for girls around the world. This year, the UN dedicated October 11 to the theme of “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce”.
Today is all about providing girls around the world with the opportunity and the tools to transition into the workforce and gain the skills for their desired career.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are 31 million girls of primary school age not in school.
The lack of access to education can have lasting negative impacts on a girl’s life—including costing her life.
For example, if all women had a secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half (3 million). They are also more likely to find work and to lessen the pay gap between men and women.
This is prevalent in Pakistan where women with a primary education earn 51% of what their male counterpoints make; whereas, women with a secondary education make 70% of what their male counterparts earn (UNESCO). Although this is a far way from equality, there is a positive difference between what education can provide young girls.
One aspect that hinders girls around the world from receiving the same education as their boy counterparts is menstruation. In some countries and cultures, girls are unable to leave their home while menstruating. This forces girls to lose up to 10 days of school a month.
For many girls, another thing that holds them back from their education are side-effects from menstruation.
Katherine Morgan first got her period when she was showering one day before school.
“I didn’t know why but my cramps were unexpectedly bad that day and I was in so much pain that I had to crawl out of the shower,” Morgan said.
In Morgan’s mother’s eyes, she needed to be dying to not go to school, but she ended up missing school that day.
This is a common story for many young women who miss days of school every year due to debilitating cramps.
Nannocare hopes to be able to help women and girls by reducing menstrual cramping.
In 2018, a certified third-party testing was conducted for over two months of the subjects using the NannoPad. At the end of the two month period, subjects experienced less and fewer days of menstrual pain after using the NannoPad.
Providing women and girls an education and the skills they need to succeed in thrive in today’s workforce is an opportunity that will not only help the girls of today but all girls in the following generation.
When we lift women up, we lift everyone up.
According to the World Bank, by increasing the share of women with a secondary education by even just 1 percent boosts annual per capita income growth by 0.3 percent.
On top of that, increasing access to education for girls decreases child mortality rate, decreases domestic violence and sexual assault, and even helps fight against climate change.
The Brookings Institution has said that the most cost-effective and best way to combat climate change is to provide secondary schooling for girls.
Imagine what could happen if all girls had access to secondary education.
For more resources and information on how you can help, check out the United Nations here.