Why invest in women? Investing in women is a Strong Women, Strong World’s theme for a good reason: women are truly are a wise investment. Injustices towards women and girls in the developing world is a very prominent human rights topic. The awareness around the issues is catching wind through news articles, campaigns, best selling books and documentaries. As quoted in this New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof, “in the 19th Century, the paramount moral challenge was slavery. In the 20th it was totalitarianism. In this century, it is the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape.” The oppression and violations women face globally is one of the most pressing human rights issues today. Empowering women however, may be a key solution in solving other major issues around the world.
Women make up half of our population and hold “half the sky” as Kristof famously states in his best selling book, Half The Sky. Along with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, he explains that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential and how empowering women can transform the lives of many. If we are to invest in women and empower them, they can help eradicate some of the worlds most critical issues. As Strong Women, Strong World and other similar initiatives continue to invest in women and girls, they become more entrusted to change the world, turing their oppression into opportunity. Investing in women and girls means keeping girls in school – and if more girls stay in school they will be avoiding devastating issues that face them in their communities. Therefore, as we invest in girls education we are investing in keeping girls away from HIV and AIDS, delaying child marriage, and teen pregnancy. Furthermore, by reminding girls of their importance and giving them equal opportunity to education we are providing girls with the potential to contribute to the economy and community around them. Investing in girls will in turn solve issues around HIV and AIDS, birth and child mortality, health, and poverty. Continue to remind others of the importance of investing in women and girls as they truly are the solution.