Saturday, August 18, 2012

Women education is important! Why, you ask?

Education is described as the process of gaining knowledge in a consistent and gradual manner in order to be informed on various ways of communicating, reasoning and making decisions in different aspects of life. It leads to intellectual growth and maturity. Since the beginning of time, women have always been considered the weaker of the two sexes. Women were discouraged from pursuing higher education because it was considered to be un-wise culturally. Their roles were defined and confined to being in the kitchen, taking care of their families and other traditional domestic skills such as sewing. They were also involved in various farming activities in their ranches like gathering fruits. It’s estimated that about two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population are women.
Over the years since the beginning of the 19th century, various international agreements have been passed in order for women to gain equal rights to men especially in education. Women also develop personal ambitions in various aspects of their lives such as having their own businesses. The revenues and profits made from the businesses also leads to the contribution of national development, growth of the economy and eradication of poverty through taxation. Money collected by the government is used to improve the country’s infrastructure and provide restoration to areas affected by natural disasters for example during the devastating tornado called “Hurricane Katrina” that destroyed properties in Atlanta.
Women have, for a long time, been perceived as being leaders in their own homes, since they ensure that their families receive basic necessities such as food and clothing. They also ensure that there is peace and they resolve conflicts between family members such as sibling rivalry, therefore promoting cohesiveness and positive communication between them. Education therefore can propel women to be leaders in political institutions, where they make decisions and policies thus making the institutions represent both genders and performance improves significantly. For example Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been involved in the political limelight for over eighteen years.           
Education has also instilled in women the need to take care of their health and that of their families especially the children. They tend to gain knowledge on family planning and therefore reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancies.
Gender issues have been receiving more attention. International organizations such as the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations are addressing policy and law changes that bias one gender over another. They provide support for capacity building among women, which leads to achievement of shared goals and objectives that foster national unity.

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