Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Investing in Girls / Water / Nike Foundation

Something I have been meaning to write about for some time:

Please read Maria Eitel’s piece in the Huffington Post last December entitled:

India Economic Summit Champions Investing in Girls

A couple of things about the article: if you haven’t seen the video at, do. Best two minute video I think I have ever seen as I have stated previously.

Plus, it makes two points quite relevant to this blog: girls’ education is fundamental to sustainable development, and both safe drinking water and sanitation enable that education quantitatively and qualitatively.

Maria Eitel puts it more provocatively with the second plank of her Call To Action:

Stop using girls as infrastructure. When we create proper infrastructures – build roads, install electricity and clean water – girls won’t need to be used as infrastructure any longer. Today they function as the electric grid as they carry firewood, plumbing system as they carry water, childcare system, etc.

Perfect - great way to phrase the challenge.

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