Research resoundingly reveals that when girls and women are educated, the income they earn is primarily returned to their families, which in turn helps build stronger families and more stable communities. But can something as simple as a dirty bathroom break that positive cycle?
Unfortunately, in some countries it can, especially when adolescent girls reach puberty. UNICEF finds that 1 in 10 school-age African girls “do not attend … or drop out at puberty because of the lack of clean and private sanitation facilities in schools.” Girls’ attendance also drops dramatically if they are not well because of disease or poor nutrition, if the school is far away and parents are concerned for the child’s safety, or if families don’t see the value in spending limited funds on their daughter’s education.
To help more girls become educated, we must first remove these and other barriers that prevent them from attending and staying in school.
Many organizations are doing that — they are building schools in impoverished or politically and socially turbulent regions, establishing schools just for girls and women, and providing qualified female teachers to underserved communities, particularly in developing or underdeveloped countries.
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Profound political, economic, social and, above all, technological forces are transforming our lives, communities and institutions. New global social communication channels are shifting the way decisions are being made from a hierarchical approach to a networked approach, with more access regardless of age, gender, and location. Given these large scale global changes, how do world leaders develop the insights, initiatives, and actions necessary to respond to current and emerging challenges?
That is what Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and a team of Cisco executives will discuss this week at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. They will join other business leaders to meet with 250 top political leaders and heads of international organizations to discuss how global governance can be improved through public-private cooperation. The theme of the event is “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.”
John will speak on a panel entitled “The New Digital Context: What societal, economic and technological forces are reshaping the digital landscape?” The panel will be moderated by George Cologny, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Forrester Research and also includes Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, and Gavin Patterson, CEO of the BT Group. You can watch the panel on the WEF website from 9 to 10 a.m. CET (12 to 1 a.m. PST) on Wednesday, January 22.
Cisco executives in attendance will be Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President , Corporate Affairs; Chris Dedicoat, President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia; Chuck Robbins, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations; and Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer. Cisco attendees will share their insights on how information and communication technology (ICT) can drive continuous innovation and enable sustainable growth. They will also share information about Cisco’s leading corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, which use the Internet of Everything to deliver positive impact through public-private partnerships.
This video overview of CSR activities will be shown at WEF:
John’s talk and the WEF twitter conversation (#WEF2014) will be shown live on the Cisco CSR website, csr.cisco.com. For more information about how to watch the public WEF sessions and follow the conversation, please refer to the World Economic Forum website.
This has been an unforgettable week with the top networking students from around the globe. I’ve had the pleasure to meet 19 winners from the International NetRiders skills competition for Cisco Networking Academy students, and join them on their grand prize visit to Silicon Valley: an experience most students can only dream of!
NetRiders international competition winners from 15 countries
It’s a startling pair of statistics: When women are able to earn an income, they typically reinvest 90 percent of it back into their families and communities. And, for every year a girl stays in school, her future earnings will increase exponentially.
These numbers, from the World Bank and the Council on Foreign Relations, respectively, highlight a simple, common-sense truth: The more time a girl spends in the classroom, the higher the return on investment for her time, and the beneficiaries are stronger families and communities.