This March, YALI Network members have made the commitment to invest in women and girls in Africa, not only to help achieve gender equality, but also to promote economic growth, good governance, and future innovation. Women and girls are often the foundation of a community, and it is essential that they are given the same opportunities as men for that nation to grow. More than 700 YALI Network members pledged to invest in women and girls, and many of these pledges have already been put into action.
Ambassador Bruce Wharton joined in pledging to help keep girls in school. Among the many other benefits, if a girl stays in school in Zimbabwe, she is 60% less likely to contract HIV. The Ambassador joined the First Lady Michelle Obama and many others in committing to invest more in women and girls.
You too can follow along (#Africa4Her) and take the pledge!
Not sure you can make the pledge? Check out these inspiring stories from people just like you who commit to further the role of women and girls in society.
Some of you have asked, “Why should we focus on women and girls? Why shouldn’t we focus on empowering everyone — women and girls, men and boys?” It’s a good question. The answer is because a gap exists between the opportunities and resources available to men and boys and those available to women and girls.
According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), 1 in 3 girls around the world will experience gender-based violence in their lifetimes, 1 in 5 girls in the developing world who enroll in primary school never finish, and 1 in 7 girls in the developing world are forced into marriage before their 15th birthdays. The list goes on…