The Girl Effect

One of the major reasons why I’m interested in working in NGOs that focus on female education/services/financial development is because after reading Half the Sky, I realized that if I was born in poverty in a developing country, my future would be bleak. I would be characterized by my sexual promise and procreational ability, enslaved to menial labor and probably never given the opportunity to pursue higher education and a rewarding career. I would constantly be in danger of rape and violence. It’s a frightening reality that the majority of the world’s women face, and it’s our responsibility not only to fight for their rights as humans, but to also provide them opportunities so that they can create a better world – it’s clear that men are not doing a good job at it.

Here are some videos that illustrate this reality (

It’s important to become aware of what is going on. At the same time, we must guard hope and believe in  the possibility of change in order to work towards it.

I believe in the Girl Effect, n. The unique potential of 600 million adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world. Research shows that support and services to girls ages 10-18 dramatically improve their lives and opportunities – and also results in significant benefits for society as a whole. Educated girls result in more stable families, more productive economic activity, improved health, less disease, and in general, better societies. Quoted from

If you want to end poverty and help the developing world, the best thing you can do is invest time, energy, and funding into adolescent girls. It’s called the Girl Effect, because girls are uniquely capable of investing in their communities and making the world better.
However, here are 10 things standing in their way.


The futures of women and girls are tied together. Girls cannot advance without the advancement of women and no improvement in the lives of women will be sustained unless girls are given the tools and opportunity to reach their potential. For they are the women of tomorrow.
– Hillary Rodham Clinton

To which I respond to with a resounding AMEN.
This is what I believe in. This is what I’m working towards. What do you think?

2 thoughts on “The Girl Effect

  1. I agree, Zablon! If more people understood the importance of women in their community and for the economy, perhaps more people would care about their education, safety, and financial empowerment. It’s sad that we live in a world where some women are still chained to a certain place and subjected to mistreatment and discrimination because of religious beliefs, cultural values, or plain misogyny.

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