Our mission is to achieve gender equality in education.
Despite the widespread acceptance of gender equality in principle – and the advancement of political and civil rights for women in many countries – full equality has not yet been achieved.
The full and equal participation of women in all spheres of life is essential to development, the abolition of war, and ultimately the establishment of a peaceful world. Gender equality is therefore a crucial part of human development and prosperity.
The education of girls is particularly important because, although both parents have responsibilities for the raising children, it is through educated mothers that the benefits of knowledge can be most effectively spread throughout society.
In some parts of the world, fewer than 10% of all women are enrolled in school. Too many young girls are forced to stay home to cook, clean, and get married, often as children. According to some estimates, there are up to 130 million girls out of school worldwide. The situation is especially bad in sub-Saharan Africa, where over 30 million girls are out of school — that’s more than the population of Australia.
The denial of education to half of the world’s population is an impediment to the progress of humanity. This inequality cannot be justified on moral, biological, or traditional grounds.
We believe that education is the first step towards full gender equality.
The case for gender equality in education
In some parts of the world, fewer than 10% of girls are in school. It goes without saying that there are huge economic and social benefits to gender equality in education.
Educating women makes the world a wealthier place. Educated women in the workplace could increase the global GDP by up to 26% ($28 trillion!)
Educating women reduces child marriages. If all girls had a secondary education there would be two thirds fewer child marriages.
Educating women reduces infant mortality. If all women complete their secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half, saving around 3 million lives yearly.
Educated women contribute more to the economy. Increased gender equality in education made up around 50% of economic growth in OECD countries over the last 50 years.
Educated women are less likely to die in childbirth. If every woman in sub-Saharan Africa completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by 70%, saving almost 50,000 lives.
The facts go on. They all share the same message: gender equality is crucial for humanity’s progress. The first step is to empower girls with an education.
Our founder Kian spent the summer of 2014 in rural Kenya as part of an international team of volunteers helping to build a village school. When he visited the local primary school, he noticed that there were far more boys there than girls. He describes the experience as follows:
“I learned that while the boys were learning in the classroom, the girls were expected to stay home to cook, clean and get married at a ridiculous age. After I left Kenya, I told my mother what I had seen. I told her it was unfair and that it upsets me. The future of so many girls was going to waste. So she asked me, “What are you going to do about it?”
I decided to take up the challenge. I set up a website to raise money for those girls in rural Kenya. Within 48 hours I had raised more than twice the amount that was my goal. By the end of the month, I had raised enough money to send 60 girls through eight years of primary school.
So I said, “why stop there?” If I could raise funds for 60 girls in just one month, why couldn’t I support 600? Or 6,000? Or even 60,000 over my lifetime?
So I decided to start a non-profit to do my share. I founded Girls Write the Future to promote equal access to education for girls and boys and to give other youth like me the opportunity to become part of the solution.”