5 Ways to End Poverty by Focusing on Women and Girls

Susan Markham
Jun 13, 2016 · 4 min read
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Ixil Mayan girls pose for a photo in Guatemala. / USAID

How can we do this?

  1. We can #LetGirlsLearn: A staggering #62MillionGirls are out of school. USAID is working with communities to identify solutions to the multiple barriers too many girls encounter when trying to get the education they deserve. An education allows a girl to go to college, participate politically and get a good job. But beyond that, countries that invest in girls’ education have lower maternal and infant deaths, lower rates of HIV and AIDS and better child nutrition. When we #LetGirlsLearn, we save lives too.
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Girls in class at the Saffa Girls School in Ramallah Governorate, West Bank, one of 57 schools that USAID provided training to teachers and administrators through the Model School Network Program. / Bobby Neptune, USAID
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Hapsatou Ka vaccinates and tags sheep provided by the nutrition program USAID Yaajeende. These sheep will provide community members with milk, meat and revenue with which to buy basic necessities. / Morgana Wingard, USAID
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Teresia Oloitai cooks over fire in her hut inside her Maasai boma. / Morgana Wingard, USAID
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Michael Nthiga holds his newborn son, Paul. / USAID Kenya
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Ketcia Orilius, 37, a community health worker in Robin, Haiti, finishes up after a day of home visits. Ketcia sees patients at a small clinic in the village and makes regular home visits to all of her patients. / USAID Haiti

About the Author

Susan Markham is the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for USAID. You can follow her @msmarkham.

U.S. Agency for International Development

Stories of USAID’s Work from Around the World

Susan Markham

Written by

Policy expert, advocate, political strategist that understands the power of women and girls; former USAID, NDI, EMILY’s List; partner now at smashstrategies.com

U.S. Agency for International Development

Stories of USAID’s Work from Around the World

Susan Markham

Written by

Policy expert, advocate, political strategist that understands the power of women and girls; former USAID, NDI, EMILY’s List; partner now at smashstrategies.com

U.S. Agency for International Development

Stories of USAID’s Work from Around the World

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