Girls Matter: Help Join My Village change the world
Posted May 13, 2011 by Jen Burton
We’re excited to bring you this opportunity in partnership with Join My Village because Girls Matter. In many places in the world girls do not have the opportunity to participate in their own future. They are overlooked and marginalized. They are considered unintelligent, not industrious, and not worthy of education. These beliefs cripple a woman’s self-esteem and trap them in a cycle of poverty, hunger, poor health, and isolation. This has to change.
When you watch, you’re helping things change for girls.
Once educated, a girl child is more capable of helping the greater family as she is the one that spends more time with them and so can act as a good mentor. An educated girl can easily manage to start a small business that can help the family financially. It is only through education that girls can learn to be independent and free from male dominance. With education, a girl can easily protect herself from diseases and unwanted pregnancies and is more likely to delay marriage. There is a saying that says, ‘educating a girl is educating the nation’ and this is what Join My Village is all about.
JMV wants to end poverty all over the globe, starting in Africa. Malawi is one of the world’s least developed and most densely populated countries.
80:1: the pupil to teacher ratio in primary schools in Malawi
Only 20% of the upper secondary teachers are women
5.7: the average number of children a woman in Malawi has
Only 65% of women are literate, compared to 80% of men