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Failing to educate girls is not only harmful for them, but also for their communities. Educating girls provides them with opportunities to understand the world and contribute to the workforce, improving their income-earning potential and socio-economic status. According to the United Nations, without the input of women, economic growth is slowed and reduced, the personal security of everyone is threatened, the affects of conflicts and disasters are exaggerated, and half of a society’s brain power is wasted.
On 22 July 2014, the UK and UNICEF co-hosted the first Girl Summit
to mobilize domestic and international support to end child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) as well as female genital mutilation (FGM) within a generation. The connection between education and these two practices is critical in efforts to ending them.
The education a girl receives
is the strongest predictor of the age she will marry. Child marriage is associated with lower levels of schooling
for girls in every region of the world. FGM, likewise, is connected to education, albeit indirectly. FGM usually takes place before education is completed and sometimes before it commences. However, FGM prevalence levels are generally lower among women with higher education
, indicating that the FGM status of a girl correlates with her educational attainment later in in life.
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