At NWC, we know that until children, especially girls, are educated, there won’t be any difference is the society. Education is the cure for ignorance, deficiency, and war. Empowering women and girls is particularly imperative to us at Naija Worldwide Charities Inc.

1. Access to Education

31 million girls of primary school age were not in school, according to a 2013 report by UNESCO, and about one out of every four young women in developing countries had never completed their primary school education. That number represents a huge group of untapped girl power.

The same UNESCO report said that educated women are more likely to get married later, survive childbirth, raise healthy kids, find work, and earn more money, among other positives.

2. Employment Opportunities

A report that 225 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning, contributing to 74 million unplanned pregnancies and 36 million abortions every year.

Helping women take charge of their baby-making reduces unsafe abortions and maternal deaths by over 70% each, and conserves precious resources that would otherwise have gone toward pregnancy-related costs.

3. Maternal Health

The World Health Organization reports that maternal mortality is unacceptably high. 830 women die every day around the world from preventable, pregnancy or childbirth –related complications.

That’s nearly 303,000 lives per year pointlessly lost during what is essentially a life-creating event. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings, and most could have been prevented with drugs and individualized, supportive care.

4. Gender-based Violence

33,000 girls are married as children and according to UNFPA reports, an estimated 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020.  Girls who marry before age 18 suffer horrendous violation of their human rights such as denial of an education, at risk of complications related to premature childbearing, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistula and more vulnerable to intimate partner violence.

Genderbased violence undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence.

5. Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation(or FGM), defined by WHO as including “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons,” is a complex issue with religious and cultural implications for the groups who practice it. WHO estimates that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is concentrated.

WHO estimates that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is concentrated. Also, an estimated 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation every year. FGM imposes real health consequences, violates a child’s rights, and promotes inequality between the sexes.

6. Water & Sanitation

USAID reports that globally, nearly 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water in their homes and about 4.4 billion lack access to proper sanitation, putting them at risk of disease. Coupled with poor hygiene, the lack of adequate water and sanitation is a leading cause of disease and death worldwide. When clean drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities are in short supply, women and girls suffer most.

Girls whose schools lack proper bathrooms will often miss school during their menstrual periods for fear of embarrassment or stigma. Women and girls also spend millions of hours in developing countries shuttling back and forth fetching water, which can be a time-consuming process.  Due to this, women and girls miss out on important things such as playing with other kids or visiting with other women.

7. Gender Equality

The 2017 World Economic Forum Global Gender gap reports finds the parity gap across health, education, politics and the workplace widening for the first time since records began in 2006. Equality  is a recurring issue when it comes to women and girls, whether it’s unequal access to schooling for girls in developing countries,

or unequal pay for women in the workplace. In a world where 95% of countries are led by a male head of state, it’s up to us as a global community to ensure that women and girls get a chance to attain their full potential.