"Education lays a foundation for vibrant lives for girls and women, their families, and their communities. It also is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth" according to Project Drawdown, which ranks educating girls as the sixth most effective strategy for stopping and reversing climate change. Well-educated girls are the key to numerous economic and health-related issues including upward mobility, higher wages, diminished incidences of HIV/AIDS, and lower mortality rates.
The stories in this collection (see below) highlight some of the efforts that countries have made to increase access to education for girls. One story talks about a program in Egypt that offers educational workshops about gender identity and hopes to change gender norms like girls marrying early and staying in the home. In Zimbabwe, by providing sanitary pads and sex education they strive to reduce social taboos regarding females. Another story shows how educating women creates resilience when faced with climate disasters and schools that have opened in refugee camps see an increase in female participation rates, resulting in an improved society. This solution is one of the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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