Educate women and their community will prosper. Deny them education and the world will suffer

Julia Gillard – Guardian – Wednesday, 01 October 2014 (originally published 30 Sept)

School girls
Afghan refugees and internally displaced Pakistani girls attend their classes at a makeshift school. Image: Muhammed Muheisen/AP

“If you educate a man, you educate one person. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation”. It’s an often heard quote in development circles, and the eve of the opening of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly is a good time to pause and consider what it really means.

We know that educating boys and girls, men and women, is morally right. But educating girls and women is especially effective because when we educate them, the benefits are felt throughout the whole community. It’s a magic multiplier in the development equation.

The positive relationship between female education and overall development outcomes is well established. However, it is the dynamic that underpins that correlation which merits drawing out . . .

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