New York, NY, March 11, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- 62 million girls around the world are not in school. The implications are felt not just by the girls themselves, who may not be able to realize their full potential, but also by the countries that are unable to leverage the talents of half their populations. In the dialogues leading to post-2015 Millennium Development Goals, and the Obama Administration’s recent Let Girls Learn initiative, it is critical to understand current best practices for keeping girls in school.
“By depriving girls of the basic knowledge of how to manage their health and sexual reproductive health; we are setting them up to fail. As a community let us all reach out to these vulnerable girls, to secure their future.” - Nanga Magadla, Program Manager, Small Projects Foundation
Successful interventions on the ground that lead to sustainable, scalable change often result from multi-organization partnerships. This week at the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW, NY), representatives from Asante Africa Foundation, Small Projects Foundation and Procter & Gamble (P&G) will lead a practical discussion, using the case study of P&G’s support for Always Keeping Girls in School through Asante Africa Foundation’s Wezesha Vijana Project in rural Kenya and Tanzania and Small Projects Foundation’s nation-wide Protecting Futures and Bright Futures Program in South Africa. These community-based programs involve multiple sectors to empower girls with beyond-the-classroom knowledge and build health, social and financial assets.
"When girls have correct knowledge about their rights, how their bodies mature, and how to manage menstruation and their sexual and reproductive health, they feel confident and empowered to share that knowledge. If they also have money management skills and savings habits, they have greater autonomy in decision-making and the ability to act on informed decisions about their health and future." -Ashley Orton, Global Programs Director, Asante Africa Foundation
Erna Grasz, CEO of Asante Africa Foundation, will moderate. “Our generation will be judged by how well we rise to the opportunity of empowering our daughters to lead side by side with their male peers,” Grasz said. “We are excited by the heightened awareness of the challenges girls face to complete their education, and to facilitate a broader understanding of collaborative programs that are generating real results.”
The panel discussion will take place on Thursday, March 12th, 6:15-7:45pm at the Armenian Convention Center Building, V Hall, New York. The event is free and open to the public.
About Asante Africa Foundation
Asante Africa Foundation believes in the power of knowledge as the catalyst that will empower the next generation of change agents. We provide African youth in deeply rural areas of East Africa with access to high quality education and the tools to apply their knowledge beyond the classroom, creating opportunities to transform Africa and the world. Asante Africa Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with global headquarters in the U.S.A. To learn more or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit us at www.asanteafrica.org or email email@example.com.
About Small Projects Foundation
Established in 1988, Small Projects Foundation (SPF) is a non-governmental community development and training trust that has made a significant contribution to development in the Eastern Cape and South Africa. SPF works with individuals, families and communities by identifying critical constraints facing poor and marginalized people, establishing pilot projects to address these, and replicating these pilots into programs that expand and become ongoing.
About P&G’s Always Keeping Girls in School Program
P&G, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, UNICEF, the Small Projects Foundation and other stakeholders, is implementing the Always Keeping Girls in School program in schools across South Africa. The objective is to empower female learners and keep them in school by providing them with puberty education, Always sanitary protection, access to educational resources and motivation to stay in school. Since 2006, P&G has touched the lives of over 80,000 girls around the world and over 28,000 girls in South Africa and Kenya through this program. Doing the right thing is the foundation of P&G’s Purpose, Values, and Principles. It is naturally woven into the way we work every day. Our social efforts include both how we operate—our policies and practices—as well as programs that support the communities where we live and work. It’s about good deeds, but it’s also about good business.
About the Committee on the Status of Women, NY
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY) supports the work of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and UN Women. By playing an active role in the UN Community, NGO CSW/NY advocates for women’s rights and the advancement of women and girls worldwide. In its work with the NGO Committees on the Status of Women in Geneva and Vienna, NGO CSW/NY supports the Beijing Platform for Action, UN Security Resolution 1325, the Millennium Development Goals, and the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Paru Desai Yusuf
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Asante Africa Foundation