Shouldn’t every girl have a picture like this? Those first days at school?
These are pictures of strong, individual and successful women and I consider myself lucky that today they are close friends or colleagues. We all have a different background, but we all grew up in a country and culture where it is simply normal to receive education. Two of them have a daughter, one recently graduated and ready for uni, the other will be as well, no doubt about that.
We all know that a girl with an education can shape her own destiny, lift up her family, and transform her surroundings. Also by simply being an example for others.
But too often, a girl who could change her world for the better is locked out of that future by the circumstances of her birth or the customs of her community and country. Today, more than 62 million girls around the world are not in school—half of whom are adolescents.
We know that countries with more girls in secondary school tend to have lower maternal mortality rates, lower infant mortality rates, lower rates of HIV/AIDS, and better child nutrition. We all know…
We also know some support is needed; inspire them with examples, educate their teachers and families about equality, show them the ‘whys and wherefores’.
It would be great to educate all girls across the globe, but in my case I started on a way smaller scale. I’ll leave the ‘how’ and the ‘what to do best’ in the hands of specialists and I only focus on raising attention and money. More specific, I focus on the Sisters for Sisters project in Nepal. While even if the girls are at school, they often notice a favoritism towards boys in the classes. It’s like asking a boy what kind of job he hopes to get while asking a girl what kind of man she wants to marry. I strive for giving every girl the experience of receiving education, based on equality.
The girls in the pictures all supported the S4S project in a great remarkable way. In addition to them many other friends, relatives and colleagues.
A big hug to all of you!
In November I’m off to Nepal, to visit the project and walk the Himalaya trail. I’m sure I’ll come back with great experiences, more knowledge and concrete information about the projects. Can’t wait..
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