The Key to Unleashing the Power of Women

education is the cure

Editor’s Note: Former British First Lady Sarah Brown, who is a passionate advocate for women’s health and global education issues around the world and serves as Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, has a great piece @ Huffington Post Women explaining “education is the cure” to unlocking success in areas of the world where injustice, discrimination and exploitation of women is still prevalent.

This week’s international celebration of women is a vivid illustration of just how much the position of women in some countries around the world has improved over the past hundred years. But it also serves as a poignant reminder of how much work remains to be done in countries where injustice is endemic, discrimination rife and exploitation unreported.

For instance, it is simply unacceptable in 2012 that a teenage girl is five times more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth than a grown woman, and that childbirth is still the leading cause of death for teenage girls in the developing world.

While we continue to address the healthcare reasons behind these statistics, what’s clear is that if these girls were in school, their lives would certainly be safer.

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