The young women graduates fighting for education
Four years on from Malala Yousafzai’s first speech at the United Nations, calling for universal access to education, Camfed celebrates Malala Day 2017.
We cannot hope to achieve peaceful and prosperous societies without unlocking the potential of millions of girls denied an education. Girls’ secondary education is an investment in economic growth, a healthier workforce and the peace and prosperity of our planet.
- Malala Yousafzai
On this day, as millions of students around the world graduate, we recognize the courage and strength of young women who have fought for their education, and continue to fight on behalf of others.
Fiona Mavhinga, leader of Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network, joined Malala in New York in 2015 during the week the United Nations committed to 17 ambitious Global Goals to end extreme poverty, improve health, achieve gender equality, and protect the planet.
All of these goals rely on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: Ensuring that children across the globe have access to quality education — education that cannot end at the school gates. In her latest blog, Fiona conveys the pride, and the anxiety, of girls graduating from high school in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Driven by a deep sense of responsibility to start contributing to their households, they need the right skills and knowledge to forge their own path in the context of deep economic disadvantage, gender inequity, and youth unemployment.
Fiona describes the vital importance of supporting young women to avoid exploitation, take control of their futures, and deliver on the promise of quality education for the next generation.
Read her Huffington Post blog: This Malala Day, we ask how young women can take control of their futures
Image: Fiona Mavhinga (left) joined Malala during UN Week 2015
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Camfed is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their empowerment is now transforming communities