The kidnapping of over 300 teenage girls at Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in Nigeria has captivated attention and headlines across the world, inspiring outrage, compassion, and calls to action. The girls were taken by Boko Haram, whose very name declares that education is sinful.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the girls, their families and those working to bring them home safely.
These devastating acts reflect a much larger problem – girls are being targeted and threatened with violence, kidnapping and more just for seeking an education.
That’s why the global community must stay committed to helping protect and promote girls’ education around the world so that every girl has the opportunity to live up to her full potential.
The numbers tell a hopeful story about progress in girls’ access to education over the past two decades. Here are some important facts and statistics about girls’ education in Nigeria and across the globe, and why protecting schools like Chibok is vital to girls, women, and the world.
FACTS: Why Education Matters
- The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2013 shows that where the gender gap is closest to being closed in a range of areas—including access to education, health survivability, economic participation, and political participation—countries and economies are more competitive and prosperous.
- Half of the reductions of child mortality between 1970 and 1990 can be attributed to increased education for women of reproductive age.*
- A 2011 World Bank report found that investing in girls’ education and opportunities in Nigeria and 13 other developing nations could increase a country’s gross domestic product by 1.2% in a single year.
- A 2002 study on the effect of education on average wages estimates that primary school education increases girls’ earnings by 5 to 15 % over their lifetimes.
FACTS: The Gaps that Remain
- Girls and women continue to make up the largest share of the world’s illiterate population (61.3%), and literacy rates in Nigeria hover around 50 to 60%.
- Gender gaps are especially wide in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, where 40.1 % of girls and 33.1 % of boys are not enrolled in secondary schools like Chibok. This translates into 11.8 million girls in the region not accessing the education they need to attend university, find work, achieve financial independence, and contribute to a growing economy.**
- Girls also face early marriage as barrier to education, and should the girls from Chibok be sold into slavery or forced marriages, their chances of achieving their dreams will be all but dashed. In a study conducted in Kenya, researchers found that a marriage partner is associated with a 78 % increased risk of termination of secondary schooling.
- Globally, there are 37.4 million girls not enrolled in lower secondary school compared to 34.2 million boys, a gap of 3.2 million.***
It’s an unfortunate reality that it takes an act of courage to seek an education in places like Nigeria. But the girls at Chibok, despite the threats, pursued an education because they and their families understood just how valuable it is. Their resolve will set an example for generations to come and exemplifies the importance of working for the advancement of girls and women across the world so that every girl has a chance to go to school, fulfill her dreams, and break the ceilings and barriers she encounters.
This Mother’s Day, let’s remember the mothers who are missing their daughters, in Nigeria and around the world.
* Emmanuela Gakidou et al., “Increased Educational Attainment and Its Effect on Child Mortality in 175 Countries between 1970 and 2009: A Systematic Analysis,” The Lancet 376, no. 9745 (September 2010): 959–74. Although economic growth was also significantly associated with reductions in child mortality, the magnitude of the association was much smaller than that of increased education. 21 regions, approximately 4 million out of the 8 million children whose lives were saved can be attributed to education for women.
** Shelley Clark and Rohini Mathur, “Dating, Sex, and Schooling in Urban Kenya,” Studies in Family Planning 43, no. 3 (September 2012): 161–74.
*** UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Global Education Digest 2011: Comparing Education Statistics across the World (Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2011).
Posts Tagged ‘Clinton Foundation’
Posted in Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Human Rights, Women, women and girls, Women's rights, tagged #BringBackOurGirls, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, human rights, kidnapped girls, Nigeria, Nigerian schoolgirls, No Ceilings, Women's rights on May 13, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Uncategorized, White House, tagged Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Huffington Post, Marlo Thomas, Mondays with Marlo, US on March 18, 2014| 1 Comment »
I was so thrilled to have Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, as our very special 100th Guest on Mondays With Marlo. We discussed everything from her favorite memories of growing up in the White House, to her role in the Clinton Global Initiative University, to the prospect of her following in her parent’s footsteps by one day running for office. Chelsea is such a positive role model for young people everywhere, and I was absolutely charmed by her. Watch our full interview to find out what she had to say!
Chelsea Clinton Talks Growing Up in the White House Under “Very Firm” Parents, Says Marriage Is “Incredibly Important“Celebrity News March 17, 2014
Growing pains in the White House! Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton opened up in a new interview on Monday, March 17, about calling 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home during her teenage years.
“I was always deeply aware that I was living in history,” Clinton, now 34, told Marlo Thomas in an interview shared by Huffington Post. President Bill Clinton‘s daughter would arrive home from school and walk through the receiving room, which she knew was a special place. “But then I would have dinner with my parents at the kitchen table every night!” she said with a laugh. “There was much about my life that also was normal.”
Cross-posted at Still 4 Hill.
Posted in Haiti, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, US Department of State, tagged Bill Clinton, Clinton Foundation, Haiti, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, State department, U.S. Department of State on January 14, 2010| 1 Comment »
In case you have not visited my other blogs, I want to put a quick update here. Hillary, Homegirl and Prioritress Extraordinaire, announced earlier today that she was curtailing her travel to the South Pacific and heading back to D.C. in order to orchestrate State Department response to the catastrophe in Haiti.
For Hillary, it is always first things first. Before diplomacy, a humanitartian response to this terrible and tragic situation requires her organized and able expertise. So, regardless of what people write in books or post on blogs, our Head Homegirl is headed to where the work needs to be done, as is her habit. This is why we love her!
Below is the text number and message released by the State Department today and other important information, links, phone numbers.
To donate: Text “HAITI” to 90999 and a $10 donation will be charged to your cell phone. It’s easy. It’s painless. You can do with one or two fewer lattes, can’t you? The people in Haiti have no food or water. WE HAVE TO HELP!
Oh! And just so it does not go unnoticed, Bill’s Clinton Foundation is working with the U.N. on this. Well, you know how it goes with “The Clinton Machine” – they are SO out for themselves. NOT!!!
This is crucial to some:
The public number to call for questions or information is in the State Department and that number is 1-888-407-4747.
Posted in Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, US Department of State, tagged Bill Clinton, Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, State department, U.S. Department of State, William J. Clinton on January 13, 2010| 1 Comment »
How painfully ironic that when I wrote that last post I singled out Bill and Hillary’s love of Haiti and prodigious work there. If the quake had already happened, but it had not, I probably would not have bothered with that post at all because, you see, I used to live there. The epicenter was my old neighborhood, Carrefour. I lived there for ten years. I taught at the Bi-National Center run by the State Department, the Haitian-American Institute. I did graduate work at the University. I love Haiti with all my heart which tonight is broken for the people suffering there. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, how much can a country take?
Haiti Chérie is a song that, for Haitians, has the effect and significance that Cuando Sali de Cuba, or Guantanamera have for Cubans. (That’s my dear Célia Cruz singing Guantanamera). It is the longing of the expatriate, but you hear it played all the time when you are in Haiti as well.
Despite all of their hardships, the Haitian people are the sunniest, most cheerful people you will ever meet on this earth. Poor as so many of them are, they are among the most generous. I hope we will all be generous in providing the assistance they need so very desperately tonight and in the coming days. This was an unimaginably huge earthquake in a very fragile place.
It never fails to amaze me the things that people think are important and the priorities people set. That anyone expects the Clintons to go on an offensive or have a meltdown because of a few supercilious people who write unsourced tomes that others go on to review or quote causes me to wonder whether people know where their real priorities lie. Well, they lie here.
It would be nice if certain holders of ill-gotten goods would donate the proceeds of their sales to the work of two who are actually helping!
From the State Department.
Subject: Contact number for American citizens with family in Haiti
The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti:
(due to heavy volume, some callers may receive a recording). Our embassy is still in the early stages of contacting American Citizens through our Warden Network. Communications are very difficult within Haiti at this time.
Remarks on the Earthquake in Haiti
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
January 12, 2010
SECRETARY CLINTON: Before I begin with this critically important subject about our future in Asia, I want to just say a few words about developments in Haiti. We are still gathering information about this catastrophic earthquake, the point of impact, its effect on the people of Haiti. The United States is offering our full assistance to Haiti and to others in the region. We will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. And our prayers are with the people who have suffered, their families, and their loved ones.
Former President Clinton issues statement about Haiti
Posted: January 12th, 2010 07:30 PM ET
Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, issued the following statement Tuesday after a major earthquake struck southern Haiti:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti.
My U.N. office and the rest of the U.N. system are monitoring the situation, and we are committed to do whatever we can to assist the people of Haiti in their relief, rebuilding and recovery efforts.”
Posted in Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, US Department of State, tagged Bill Clinton, Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, State department, U.S. Department of State, United Kingdom, United Nations on January 1, 2010| 2 Comments »
The Lady to the left here is the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, past Presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, and former First Lady of the United States and of the State of Arkansas. In all of those roles she has consistently spoken out against human rights violations and worked hard in the battle to eliminate them. Every one of her loyal admirers knows of the litany of efforts she has mounted over the years. Last year, her first as Secretary of State, she spoke up frequently on this issue as she has every year since she has been in the public eye and public service. She is a tireless public servant. She never hesitates to go the extra mile (actually, this past year, she has gone thousands of extra miles). So it befuddles me when I see a header like this by Nile Gardiner in the UK Telegraph: Where is the Secretary of State? Hillary Clinton has gone AWOL on the Iranian front.
Reminder: Hillary Clinton spoke out early, sternly, and often, right from the outset, about the disputed Iran election and about the treatment of the opposition demonstrators. She also put her power where her mouth was when she learned that Twitter, a primary outlet of news from the streets of Iran, was about to be taken down for maintenance and had her staff request that the maintenance be postponed, which it was. (I need to insert here that the subsequent “upgrades” of Twitter would have made the kind of information dispersion we saw in June impossible since you can no longer tweet the same message twice. You must reword, a task that requires precious time that demonstrators in life-threatening circumstances cannot afford. This is off-topic, but important.) Since June, Secretary Clinton has continued to bring up the issue of human rights abuses regularly and consistently. In her seminal address at Georgetown University on December 14, The Human Rights Agenda for the 21st Century, she spoke specifically about human rights in Iran several times, and brought it up another time in response to a question that was not specifically about Iran. This was a mere two weeks ago.
In mid-October she was on a two-week trip to Switzerland, England, Ireland, and Russia, she returned for all of two days, one of which was a Saturday and she worked that day speaking at the commissioning of the USS New York. She then left on another two-week trip to Berlin, Singapore, Manila, Singapore again, Shanghai, Beijing, and finally Afghanistan. On these trips, she lives on her plane and in hotel rooms. She actually, while in Zurich, helped salvage the Turkey-Armenia accord while working for at least an hour out of her CAR! When she is traveling, she does not get weekends off. Hillary Clinton soldiers on through all of this for us, her people, and for the people of the world. In all of this pressure and hard work, she never complains and always wears a beautiful and sincere smile.
I would like to know why Mr. Gardiner thinks that someone who has been working this hard for a solid year (because, yes, she did return to the Senate last January and worked hard there before resigning and moving to State) does not deserve a vacation. Why, even when she is on vacation, must she re-address an issue she spoke about formally only two weeks ago? Literally, Mr. Gardiner, give her a break! She is flesh and blood and heart. She is not a machine. She mentions her heart often, and Americans know that she has a lot of soft spots in that sweet heart of hers. Human rights in Iran is very much an issue close to her heart. She has no need to interrupt a very well-deserved rest to remind us of that. That gesture, in the picture above, is a familiar one to those of us who have been watching her for years. Perhaps, Mr. Gardiner, you have not been observing as closely as we. Hillary and her heart are not missing-in-action, and America knows it. I really do not even need to put a link to a story right here (but, shucks, I will anyway because I am proud of her), since , by now, everyone knows about it. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Most Admired Woman of 2009. Among the reasons are those cited above.
So, Mr. Gardiner, do not dig up this old Vampire Tale of “Where’s Hillary?” Do not let that Vampire out of its coffin again. Along with 2009, it needs to be put to rest.
Just as 2009 was ending, another UK source, The Guardian, printed this prevarication I’ve changed my mind about the Clintons by one Niall Stanage. I really was not originally going to comment on this since he is digging up material that dates back to 2008, and everyone really ought to know by now that none of what he is talking about is true and never was. I decided to address it anyway when I saw this story popping up on so many feeds.
The Clintons are not and never were racists. If they were, we would not see Hillary working so hard on the Haiti Donors Conference , or Bill ( a Special U.N. Envoy to Haiti), via his Clinton Foundation, working hard to aid many of Haiti’s ills from healthcare, to agriculture, to education and beyond. Not to mention their long-standing and continued similar involvement across the continent of Africa.
Neither are they monolithic and it rankles me when they are referred to as if they were. Many remember in the primary debates the incident when moderator Tim Russert tried to trick Hillary by reading a quote of Bill’s without attributing it until after she provided her perspective on the issue. Her view differed from his, and she retorted, “Well he’s not standing here right now!”
Finally, the biggest whopper of them all: Niall Stranage never was a Clinton supporter or admirer. A quick scan of his archives tell that story.
This article is very hard to swallow given that today is Haitian Independence Day. Here is a link to Hillary’s statement. No Hillary is not a racist, never was. Here’s another reason why this is hard to swallow: This Vampire Tale and this recurrence of Clinton Derangement Syndrome emanate from the U.K.! Messrs. Gardiner and Stanage may arguably have some familiarity with our country. Gardiner purportedly lives here, but neither seems to be up to date on the Clintons. In fact, they seem to have missed out on another important and relevant fact: Um…guys? Pssssst! We have been independent from you for 233½ years. You seem to have missed this little document!
So lay off the Clintons. They are ours, and we love them!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Bill Clinton, CGI, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, dengue fever, Hillary Clinton, malaria, Secretary of State, US Department of State on April 24, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Hillary (and Bill) are in a battle against the deadly carrier of malaria, the Anopheles mosquito. While we’re at it, we should also raise awareness of the Aedes Aegypti, carrier of dengue fever, another deadly tropical disease.
On another note, I hope it’s okay to mention Hillary and Bill in the same post in their professional capacities. We would not want to effect any appearance of collusion between State and The William J. Clinton Foundation. But, hey! This is an important battle. Big institutions like these should be engaged in a coordinated effort, even if the CEO’s are in bed together (a mental image I find charming and adorable).
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