Educate a girl, they say, and she can avoid being married off during childhood, lessen her risk of contracting HIV, and contribute to the economy to help end the cycle of poverty in the developing world.
Offer microloans to girls. Just $60 can buy her a cow. Selling the milk will change her life and the lives of her family. It will help her entire village. She will save money to invest in her own future.
Make sure every girl has a birth certificate. She will know her own age so she can protect herself from child marriage. She can open a bank account and vote.
Empower and support girls' choices about their own bodies. She has a right to protect herself from HIV.
Lovely sentiments. All true and worth considering.
But they've forgotten one thing - the reason women and girls suffer is because they are weaker than the men that dominate them. And while it is true that education is the one thing that can never be taken away...
- A girl's $60 cow can be stolen by those stronger than her,
- A girl can be forced into marriage by those stronger than her,
- A girl can contract HIV from a rapist who is stronger than her.