Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Setting the Stage for the Girl Effect

This year during the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum many business and world leaders from around the globe placed special attention to the needs of the developing world.

Most notably was a forum that addressed the needs of providing education to young girls and the impact that such an act can do for the country as a whole.

As the discussion was being moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist, Nicholas D. Kristof, the topics ranged from different incentives that could be provided for families that educate their daughters to training for women and girls to enter positions of business and leadership, as well as creating economic opportunities that target girls by offering them apprenticeships.

Although it is now common knowledge that educating girls reaps dividends, from lower birth rates to better spending to decreased terrorism, girls in many countries still face multiple barriers to receiving an education, which means they also do not have access to healthcare and financial power.

To learn more check out the following link that highlights this and the many other issues that were discussed among the world's leaders at the annual Davos meeting.

- Tiffanie Depew

SOURCE: World Economic Forum