In Malawi, many girls don't have access to education. Time-consuming household chores take time away from studying. If families can't afford fees or supplies, girls are pulled out of school. Other girls are forced into an early marriage -- ending their educational opportunities.
Malawian girls need our support to learn, develop and grow outside the traditional home setting. Without our support, discrimination against girls will continue, limiting their access to social services and even adequate education about their own basic health.
Girls in Malawi and around the world have hopes and dreams, but we need to support programs that give them the education and support they need to break away from traditional expectations and carve their own path to success.
Encourage the UN to continue and expand programs that give girls in Malawi and around the world the support they need to get an education.
Dear Secretary-General Ban,
Thank you for supporting efforts to educate girls around the world. But we need to do more if we're going to reach the UN's goals concerning violence against women, women's rights and poverty. Please continue and expand efforts to provide support for girls so they can go to school and achieve their dreams.
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There are plenty of reasons girls drop out of school. Many are sidetracked with the time-consuming household chores. Others can't afford school fees or supplies. Still others are pulled out of school to marry young.
Educating girls not only helps individuals. It helps combat poverty by tapping into the latent creative and entrepreneurial drive and talents of women.
You have oft repeated your commitment to women's rights. Help make sure the next generation of women gets the education they need to compete equally with men and be successful.
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