Lack of access to electricity and modern energy sources profoundly limits economic development, constrains people’s life chances and traps millions in extreme poverty.
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Poverty affects women and girls disproportionately.
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One of the most exciting days in my life was when I made an older boy cry. Not because I made him cry but because it was the day I won my first chess match. I was nine years old, living in Katwe, a vast urban slum in Kampala, Uganda. My father died of AIDS when I was three. My mother did her best to support my brothers and me, but some days we had no food. I started playing chess because I thought the pieces were beautiful – and because I received a bowl of porridge when I played. In the slums I... learned you had to fight for what you want. With chess I learned that patience, strategy and persistence were an important part of the battle. Today I am a national chess champion and have played all over the world. Bill Gates has challenged me to a match and I am still looking forward to that! A lot of people have helped me along the way and my goal is to help many other girls who feel they have no hope. That’s why I am excited to help launch ONE’s Girls and Women initiative. There are so many wonderful people doing wonderful things – we need to support and celebrate them. Please join me in shouting out the message that unleashing the potential of girls is the best, fastest way to economic security. And by the way, my favorite day recently was being able to buy my mom a home outside of the slum.
Extreme Poverty Can Be Eradicated By 2030 -- But Only If We Put Adolescent Girls At The Heart Of The Post-2015 Agenda
In sub-Saharan Africa, 7 out of 10 people don't have access to electricity. Moms give birth in the dark. Families can’t refrigerate their food. Kids do their homework with a flashlight. Add your name and let our senators know that it's time to energize Africa.
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Africare is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities.
The Sustainable Energy for All initiative brings together top-level leadership from all sectors of society – governments, business and civil society. Working together, we can achieve a broad-based transformation of the world’s energy systems and build a more prosperous, healthier, cleaner and safer world for this and future generations.
Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. We combine the breakthrough potential of solar technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.
Practical Action works alongside communities to find practical solutions to the poverty they face. We see technology as a vital contributor to people’s livelihoods. Our definition of technology includes physical infrastructure, machinery and equipment, knowledge and skills and the capacity to organise and use all of these.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves seeks to mobilize high-level national and donor commitments toward the goal of universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels. Its ambitious but achievable goal is to foster the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in 100 million households by 2020.
The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for us all.
Why Girls & Women?
Girls and women in developing nations are the most adversely affected by extreme poverty – but as their potential is realized they are elevating families and communities into healthy prosperity. We believe it’s important to show the challenges, and most importantly, the progress being made across the board. This page is dedicated to that purpose.
When women earn more, they spend it on food, healthcare, and education for their children..
JUST ONE extra year of primary school education boosts girls' eventual wages by 10-20%.
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