We've talked before about how your Tavia subscription helps girls stay in school, but education makes a lifelong difference not only for the girls you're helping, but their families, communities, and regions as well. Education is the single most important factor in uplifting a community from poverty and opening new kinds of work and new kinds of income.
Educational Challenges for Girls:
Especially here in the U.S.A., it's easy to take free public education for granted, but elsewhere in the world, and particularly for our girls in East Africa, education is not a right.
Research by Build Africa indicates that only about a quarter of African girls receive education from their parents about menstruation or the changes that happen during puberty.
30% of girls lucky enough to receive an education end up leaving school because they cannot access sanitary pads or other feminine hygiene products. That’s 30% fewer educated women bringing their knowledge and ability to their home towns, villages, and families.
The Far-Reaching Impact of Education:
Education is a critical challenge in the fight for women’s rights. In the communities we help, Tavia knows that women’s income is spent on family necessities and opportunities. Their income multiplies in opportunity for their children.
More than simply supporting families and giving more children opportunities, education can mean the difference between a girl becoming a housewife or subsistence farmer and becoming a well-paid professional or entrepreneur in her community.
Even accounting for other variables, educated women bring home 12% higher wages than their uneducated or under-educated counterparts.
Education has impact beyond a woman’s local community as well. More than half of East African countries cited the lack of necessary skills and education among candidates as a problem in their hiring process. Filling the educational attainment gaps for women in these communities brings needed professionals into their local economy.
Giving existing companies the skilled workers they need works to boost the income of the whole region and encourages other companies and entrepreneurs to consider that region for further development. The cascading effect of more well-educated professional women in Eastern Africa cannot be overstated.
Plus, educating women gives you skilled professionals with intimate knowledge of what their community needs. Those women are empowered, through education, and through your support, to open resource centers, to teach skills classes, to give resume workshops, and more.
We at Tavia understand the transformative impact educating and empowering women has on individual families, local communities, and entire regions. We’re proud to join a growing community of companies actively supporting women’s rights.
As women's education advocates, we believe that your individual subscription, which we use to fund the menstrual products Eastern African girls need for an entire year of school, can have a global impact.
Our goal isn't relief or problematic charity that undercuts local business and local opportunity. Instead, with your help, we're working to create the opportunity for professional driven women and to create a new kind of world where literacy and education are available, so that together we can work toward a freer, more equal society for everyone.
Mundy, Karen, et al. “No Girl Left behind – Education in Africa.” No Girl Left behind – Education in Africa | Global Partnership for Education, Global Partnership for Education, https://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/no-girl-left-behind-education-africa.
Sherman, Karen. “Connecting Women’s Education to the Workforce in Africa.” Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations, 14 Sept. 2017, https://www.cfr.org/blog/connecting-womens-education-workforce-africa.