Keeping Girls in School
Girls education and the safety and access to that education is the cornerstone to gender empowerment and fostering gender-equitable norms and empowerment practices. Educating girls helps improve gender equity by increasing agency and empowering girls to engage in decision-making that affects their families and the development of their communities. Keeping girls in school, particularly in secondary school, has far-reaching and long-term health and development benefits for individuals, families, and communities. There exists a strong and positive relationship between increased formal educational attainment among girls and healthier sexual and reproductive behaviors, including contraceptive use.