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Girl Effect

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

The video above on the Girl Effect may not be new, but I didn’t see it until yesterday. I recommend it. It had the effect, as Gail and I were in the midst of making our end-of-year charitable donations last night, of leading us to some organizations we were not familiar with, resulting in our making a donation to one of them.

Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist, had a blog post yesterday that linked to the video, which is how I found it. You can also see it at the Girl Effect website, which has additional information. The premise of the girl effect, as Kristof explains, is that “foreign assistance often won’t work unless women are front and center. For example, educating boys has many benefits, but there’s pretty good evidence that educating girls is even more effective — primarily because it does more to reduce the number of children in the next generation. Moreover, men already tend to be in the labor force, while educating girls and training them or giving them capital tends to encourage them to participate in the economy in ways that bring real benefits to the household and to the entire economy.”

A fact sheet at the girleffect website notes that “when a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.” Also, “when women and girls earn income, they invest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.”

Two more videos after the jump.

From girleffect:

From the Nike Foundation:

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