We must be dedicated to empower school girls and to improve conditions for all girls in Benin and Niger through advocacy for safer and more affordable education.
We need to meet commitments to universal primary education and strengthen opportunities for postprimary education for girls and women, to invest in infrastructure to reduce time burdens of women and girls (transport, water, sanitation), to guarantee property and inheritance rights to women and girls, eliminate gender inequality in employment, and to combat violence against girls and women,
It is unacceptable to still find girls in Republic of Benin and Niger forced to work from dawn to dusk! NO! We must promote the rights of children, and especially girls, the right to receive a free, meaningful education and to be free from economic exploitation. In most countries in the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia, the gender gap is huge in primary schooling. The overwhelming majority of girls either have never gone to school or have dropped out to work.
Lack of education, early marriages, poverty, and lack of power/empowerment makes girls vulnerable!