Dear colleagues and friends,
For over thirty years, the mission of TIAW
is to advance economic empowerment for women.
By ‘economic empowerment’, we mean that a woman is able to succeed and
advance economically as well as freely make her own economic decisions. However, women don’t start out in life as
women, nor are they empowered in any way in many countries whether by cultural
or political constraints. It all begins with a girl.
According to AGALI (Adolescent Girls’
Advocacy and Leadership Initiative), which has brought together over 100 leaders and organizations
working to transform the lives of adolescent girls in Africa and Latin America,
there are six critical factors that
contribute to adolescent girls’ economic empowerment*:
capital (e.g., cash, savings, access to credit, and other financial
capital (e.g., education, health, self-esteem, and communication skills)
capital (e.g., social networks, friends, mentors, and supportive family
capital (e.g., ID card, household goods, land, housing, and transport)
early marriage, childbearing, influence of age, gender, and ethnicity)
political and legal rights, market structure, and the education system
TIAW’s Daughters Program
focuses on the promotion of economic empowerment for girls aged 14-24. Our initial work is around financial literacy
education. We are looking for partners to
add employment training and life skills training.
simply is not enough work being done to maximize the effect the empowering
girls can have on our world, there are many organizations lending extraordinary
effort. A personal favorite of mine is
the Nike Foundation, whose work I have followed for many years. I urge you to go to www.girleffect.org and watch the video Nike has
created. It will revolutionize your
thinking about the power of a girl.
us all why we cannot wait to help our girls**
GIRLS ARE AGENTS OF CHANGE
They play a crucial role in solving the most persistent
development problems facing the world today. By investing in their economic
potential through education and by delaying child marriage and teen pregnancy,
issues such as HIV and AIDS can be resolved and the cycle of poverty can be
broken. To learn how a girl's success is the world's success, watch the girl
effect films above.
PEOPLE ASSUME GIRLS ARE BEING REACHED
They're not. The reality is that children's programmes focus on
0-5 year-olds, youth programmes tend to focus on males and older groups, and
women's programmes don't typically capture adolescent girls. Programmes that do
reach girls rarely address the ones most at risk. To break the cycle of
intergenerational poverty, programmes must be designed for, and measure the
impact on, girls.
THE COST OF EXCLUDING GIRLS IS HIGH
In India, adolescent pregnancy results in nearly $10 billion in
lost potential income. In Uganda, 85 per cent of girls leave school early,
resulting in $10 billion in lost potential earnings. By delaying child marriage
and early birth for one million girls, Bangladesh could potentially add
$69 billion to the national income over these girls' lifetimes.
permission of the Nike Foundation, TIAW is in the process of posting several of
their excellent resources on www.tiaw.org
meantime, I urge you to take a look at their excellent research directly:
The girl effect fact
7 things you need to
know about girls
Why investing in girls
must all engage to support the economic empowerment of the girl in our communities
around the world. Start by joining our
Daughters Committee, email@example.com.
the kind of change that lasts forever.
Lisa Kaiser Hickey
published on www.agaliprogram.org
published on www.girleffect.org courtesy of Nike Foundation
Educated Women Create
a Ripple Effect
by Phyllis Reardon, M. Ed
"Education is not
preparing for Life; education it is Life.” -- John Dewey
Education is life and for women the more economic
empowered they are the better their life; the better the life of their children
and the economy in which they live. One of the goals of The International
Alliance for Women, TIAW is the economic empowerment of women throughout the
How is this economic empowerment achieved?
Education is key to the successful economic empowerment of
women. Through both formal and informal educational programs women achieve the
skills, knowledge and understandings that permit them to grow personally. This
personal empowerment is the biases for economic empowerment.
Research shows that when women are educated there is a
far reaching ripple effect that extends beyond the mind of that woman. Through
her new found educated enhanced self she becomes a strong confident powerful
woman. The ripples spread to her immediate family to positively impact her
children both in health and knowledge. With this new powerful educated self she will influence her
community and the economic development of her local region.
‘Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.
Teach him to fish and he will eat for a life time.’ Proverb
‘Educate a woman and
she will change the world.’ Phyllis
As an educator for over twenty-five years it never failed
to amaze me that the young women who sat in front of me tended for the most
part to set their educational achievements and economic goals lower than their
males counterparts. It became for me as a teacher a focus of attention and
How can you help produce a ripple?
I invite you to check the TIAW website to explore the educational
programs they offer and discover how you can get involved.
What can replace education, the key to success?
by Sefakor Grateful-Miranda Komabu-Pomeyie
It is very interesting to know that disability is among the global
dialogue on development under the United Nations Department of Economic and
Social Affairs (UN-DESA). They promised
to hold the sixth session of the convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities in New York between 17th to 19th July. Did
you check if it was held? According to the UN-DESA News, this year’s focus is
on "the ways to ensure adequate standard of living and empowerment through
inclusive social protection and poverty reduction strategies:
disability-inclusive development in national, regional and international
processes, and community-based rehabilitation and habilitation for inclusive society.”
This sounds very captivating and promising to any individual
who reads this session's goals. The
question is, if all these goals can be attained if the people with disabilities
do not have both formal and informal education. As Nelson Mandela once said
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Do people with disabilities have full access to this most powerful weapon?
Would they also be able to change the world? I hope you would follow the
discussions and add your voice for a better access and inclusive education.
On 12 July 2013, Malala Yousafzai addressed the United
Nations Youth Assembly in New York. The date marked her 16th
birthday and was recognized internationally as Malala Day. Over 500 youth
leaders were represented that day from countries worldwide. Malala was introduced by U.N. Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea. This was her first high-level appearance after the assassination attempt by
Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus on 9 October 2012.
U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, helped organize the
event and launch the petition in Malala’s name demanding that all children
worldwide be able to attend school by the end of 2015.
In her speech she proclaimed that "Malala Day is not my day.
Today is the day of every woman, every boy and ever girl that have raised their
voice for their rights.”
You can watch the entire United Nations address here.
She closed her poignant speech by stating, "One child, one
teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only
solution. Education first.”
Malala along with the help of others has established a
fund to focus on helping girls go to school and raise their voices for the
right to education. The Malala Fund launches in Fall of 2013. Visit www.malalafund.org for more information.
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