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8 quotes about the girls’ education crisis you need to read

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Poverty is Sexist: Join the movement

130 million girls didn’t go to school today— not because they didn’t want to, but because they weren’t given the chance.

This is a global crisis, and we need to make sure world leaders are paying attention. That’s why we want you to add your voice to the chorus of those calling for funding for girls’ education. We have a unique window of opportunity coming up soon in which world leaders will be asked to crowdfund the Global Partnership for Education – the only global fund solely dedicated to education in developing countries. It won’t solve the crisis alone. But if they all chip in enough, millions more girls will have the chance to complete 12 full years of school. To urge support, we’ll be delivering this petition to decision makers—add your name and make your voice heard!

Need inspiration? Here are 8 incredible quotes on the value of educating girls everywhere:

1. Michelle Obama

“The ability to read, write, and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table—all of that starts with education.”
Let Girls Learn speech, International Women’s Day 2016

2. Rebecca Lolosoli

“The rights we want:
We want to choose our husband,
We want to own the land,
We want to go to school,
We don’t want to be cut anymore,
We want also to make decisions,
We want respect in politics,
To be leaders,
We want to be equal.”

3. Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi

“Boko Haram sees girls’ education as a threat simply because they are aware of the tremendous potential and power of an educated girl.”

4. Malala Yousafazi

“Nigeria faces many challenges—but none of them can be solved without education. Today tens of millions of Nigerian children are out of school; most of them are girls. This is a tragedy for girls, an enormous waste of human potential and a threat to the future of Nigeria.”

5. Humaira Bachal

“Education is a basic need and a fundamental right for every human being. I want to change the way my community looks at education, and I will continue to do this until my last breath.”

6. Joaquim Chissano

“Women and girls are Africa’s greatest untapped resource, and it is they, not diamonds or oil and minerals, that will be the foundation for solid, sustainable and equitable progress. Health and development experts, economists, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, and even banks agree that expanding the freedoms, the education, and opportunities for women holds the key to kickstarting inclusive economic growth. This is true the world over, and particularly true for Africa.”

7. Queen Rania of Jordan

“I’ve always believed that when you educate a girl, you empower a nation.”

8. Tererai Trent

“I know no better weapon in life to fight injustice than education.”

Want to help make sure every girl gets an education? Tell world leaders to make this issue a priority.

Poverty is Sexist: Join the movement

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