Education

NEW VIDEO: Poverty is Sexist

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International Womens Day 2017

There’s nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men. That’s why we’ve partnered with Don’t Panic to produce this powerful video:

Our goal was to create something that people around the world who have experienced sexism could relate to, while encouraging viewers to see that their struggles are linked to the struggle of girls and women living in the poorest parts of the world. We’re calling on viewers to take action for the women hardest hit by gender inequality – those living in extreme poverty.

While the video does depict hot-topic issues like gender roles and the treatment of women in the workplace, we want this video to be a clear message that issues like child marriage and girls’ access to education MUST be included in the call for gender equality.

We launched our Poverty is Sexist campaign nearly three years ago to make the point that poverty and gender inequality go hand-in-hand. The facts are damning: In Sub-Saharan Africa, girls without an education are five times more likely to to be married by the time they are 18. They are 7% less likely to complete secondary education than boys, and are less likely to be given the opportunity to participate in, or contribute to, their countries’ economies.

We believe that none of us are equal until all of us are equal.

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International Womens Day 2017

You couldn’t be where you are today without a good education. But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the tenth largest on the planet – bigger than Japan or Germany. All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country. We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls to cure diseases or end wars, invent brilliant technology or revolutionise an industry… or simply to access opportunity. We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she’s there. But we need you to do the same. Your education helped you to get where you are today – and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds. Show us that politics can work for the people – starting with the people who need it most.

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