Mar 08, 2019 2019-03-08
By Julia O’Connor
International Women’s Day has provided us with an excellent opportunity to highlight organizations that promote education for women. There are many groups that strive to provide girls and women around the world with important resources, which they may not otherwise have access to. Here is a list of five organizations helping women in their educational pursuits.
Women’s Education Project: The Women’s Education Project (WEP) equips young vulnerable women with skills to discover their voice and thrive in rewarding careers. WEP provides college scholarships, textbook and transportation expenses, academic-support courses, tutorials, libraries, and computer labs. All graduates are able to join the WEP Alumnae Association. To date, there are more than 1,200 alumnae. Of these 1,200, approximately 800 are employed in their first formal sector jobs. To learn more about WEP, visit their website.
Women for Women International: Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 478,000 marginalized women in eight countries by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills. Many of their efforts are education-based. They facilitate classes and find opportunities for graduates. To learn more about Women for Women International, visit their website.
School Girls Unite: School Girls Unite aims to fight discrimination among young women in developing countries and advocates educating girls. They believe that education is the starting point to solving almost every problem. School Girls Unite subsidizes education, often at a cost as little as $75 per student. To learn more about School Girls Unite, visit their website.
60 Million Girls: This nonprofit organization is on a mission to “empower girls and women through education.” Of the estimated 110 million children around the world who do not attend primary school, more than 60 million are girls. The foundation aims to support at least two major education projects in developing countries every year. To learn more about 60 Million Girls, visit their website.
CAMFED: The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. They are an international nonprofit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed. Their model sees girls’ education as the starting point for social change. To learn more about CAMFED, visit their website.
International Women’s Day has created a strong platform for women to discuss the obstacles they face every day. While this is a fantastic starting point, it is important that we continue to recognize and support these organizations, as they are creating a better world for women everywhere.