Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

UN Women's new Director will focus on education worldwide

Earlier this week we posted about the 2012 movie Won't Back Down, a film about education in low-income communities and the importance of closing the achievement gap. Shortly after sharing, we came across a timely article from the United Nations about their new Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). According to UN News, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who took her position in August, has made the education of girls around the world a chief priority. Her goal is that by 2015, all children - boys and girls, worldwide - will be able to "complete a full course of primary schooling."

Mlambo-Ngcuka's message also coincides with the efforts of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai who, after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan and recovering, is speaking out on the importance of education for women and girls. You can read more about Mala in our July post, Malala: "ONE...can change the world."

Listen to Mlambo-Ngcuka's remarks below. How do you take action on improving education and closing the achievement gap locally?

“Education is one of the founding services that all women and girls need to access in order for us to make a difference...Education is the foundation for everything we need to do to succeed.” 
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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