Why Empowering Girls Is Key to Ending Poverty

Ravi Kumar: Why Empowering Girls Is Key to Ending Poverty
On April 18, Girl Rising was screened at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. in an event to give a greater momentum to girls' education and empowerment. Despite overwhelming evidence, 32 million out of 62 million children who are not in school are girls. This must change. And there are already good examples to learn from. We know that in places like Yemen, cash transfers programs have helped increase school attendance of girls. Or, in places like Bangladesh, girl's enrollment increased by 44% with the introduction of school meals. Programs like these should be launched in other applicable places. When girls get education, it benefits them and the whole community.