Girls Speak Out:  A Personal Invitation from Petronella West
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Girls Speak Out:  A Personal Invitation from Petronella West

Girls Speak Out: A Personal Invitation from Petronella West

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Benjamin Franklin Room

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This promises to be an exclusive evening of innovation, brainstorming and idea sharing to find sustainable ways to help some of the world’s poorest girls to go to school.

Street Child’s experience shows that investment in girls’ education has a positive multiplier effect:

  • If all women in Sub-Saharan Africa completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by 70% (UNESCO)

  • If all women had a secondary education, child deaths would be reduced by 50% (UNESCO)

  • Even a single year of secondary education has the potential to increase a girl’s future earnings by up to 25% (UNICEF)

  • Educated girls are more likely to benefit from better family planning and have healthier more educated children of their own. 

Yet in Sierra Leone, female literacy is at a meagre 50%.

This event is about standing together as global women to benefit girls who will not otherwise have a chance. 

I would like to share some of my experiences and stories with you about the passionate women in Sierra Leone that seek to help girls claim their right to an education and unlock their potential.

With your help, knowledge and expertise I would like to discuss other ways we might be able to contribute to the programme of work already in place.   There are complex issues and extensive barriers and I believe that, with your help, we will be able to generate ideas that may contribute and add value to these programmes.  We will also discuss the issues around gender inequality and talk about future income generation.

The event will involve networking, table-based discussions (and a glass of wine), where we will be asking you to share your ideas on what more can be done or perhaps you can just come to hear more about the work that goes on.

I do hope you can make it, if only to be challenged and inspired by the hardships that these women have overcome, to hear wonderful success stories of girls and women speaking out and creating change.

With kind regards

Petronella West

Cofounder and Director of Private Clients at Investment Quorum

 

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