Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Girl Effect

Another inspiration for today. 
Who would have guessed that the World Economic Forum would look to girls to end poverty. 
A couple of quotes - 

"We found that the most neglected, at risk, and unsupported part of the world's population, also happened to be the part of the world's population that could make the biggest impact if supported with economic opportunities." Mark Parker

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala talked about the Bank's Adolescent Girls Initiative, which connects girls in developing countries to job opportunities linked to labor market demand. She summed it up nicely, "Investing in women is smart economics...Investing in girls is even smarter economics because we believe that investing in girls is at the center of development."

Supporting education and employment opportunities for young women, not only will be effective in ending poverty but also in abolishing child sex slavery. 

To read the full article, click here.

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