Investing in Women and Girls is Investing in Our Future
In partnership with San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health, Tumblr is hosting Scholars of Change, an op-ed series dedicated to featuring the voices of academic experts on the issues most impacting our communities. Today, we have Dr. Elizabeth Reed here to talk about the importance of investing in women and girls for the future.
Women and girls experience substantial economic, social, and health burdens due to being born a girl. Worldwide, women and girls receive fewer opportunities than males for education, employment, and political leadership.
Other forms of violence include child marriage, honor killings, and sex trafficking. As a result of these deprivations of opportunity and freedom of choice, women and girls suffer from a number of poor health outcomes including malnutrition, mental health concerns, infectious diseases (e.g. HIV, other sexually transmitted infections), chronic health issues (e.g. cancers, asthma), unplanned pregnancy, and conditions such as fistula (caused by pregnancy complications).
Altogether, it is a mistake to ignore these economic, social, and health burdens on women and girls. In places where there is more equity between males and females, we see the benefits on everyone in the community. Supporting human potential, progress, and health will require a future where the world invests fully in women and girls.
Want to take action? Here are some organizations that support women and girls:
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As founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India and co-founder of Women’s World Banking, Ela Bhatt has been working to lift women out of poverty for decades. Learn more about how SEWA is helping poor, self-employed women in India organize to achieve basic rights.
Women’s World Banking: Investing in Women, Transforming Lives proves that profit does not have to trump social mission. Through their network of 39 microfinance institutions in 28 countries, they give low-income women access to microloans and the financial knowledge to start their own businesses and lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
For just $20, you can provide one girl with a piggy bank and the financial knowledge to set her on a path towards financial independence.