The Girl Effect

Here is Something To Think About

As I thought about this post this afternoon, what I thought was that I have made a mistake. I have volunteered to write about something that my mind shies away from, something I can’t confront, something I can’t accept. And that is this: in many places in the world, the girls have no rights. None whatsoever. They are treated as property, married off in adolescence (or younger), and have no say in that choice. I cry. I feel overwhelmed. I feel that there is nothing I can do. But maybe I’m wrong.

When families live in poverty and have to pay for school, they are more likely to educate their sons than their daughters. But educating girls turns out to be a vital point of intervention to interrupt the cycle of poverty. So, I offer you this, from people whose work I admire, people who are able to hold this in their mind for the long periods of time to effect change in the world. I offer you, The Girl Effect:


For more information, check out the Girl Effect website. And perhaps, join us in spreading the word. I think the girls need us. And I think that we need them.

One response to “The Girl Effect”

  1. This is great, and I shared it on FB. I’ve seen stats etc. on the importance of girls and women being educated and having access to health care before, the incredible difference it makes in societies and economies. Goes back to a adage I heard years ago when my children were small: if you want to help children, help their mother.