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Angelique calls on African leaders to send girls to school

18th June 2014

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“Exactly two months ago, over 200 schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok, Northern Nigeria. Today, they are still missing. And I feel as outraged as many of you do. As the world hopes for their safe return, there is another story. What doesn’t make the headlines is the fact that many children around the world have never had a chance to go to school.

Globally, more than 57 million primary school-age children do not attend classes. Over half of them live in sub-Saharan Africa.

Everyone wins when children — and especially girls — have access to education. An educated girl is likely to increase her personal earning potential and prepare herself for a productive and fulfilling life, as well as reduce poverty in the whole community. Investing in girls’ education also helps delay early marriage and parenthood. Our booming economies in Africa need more female engineers, teachers and doctors to prosper and sustain growth.”

Read Angelique’s full OpEd on CNN HERE.

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Angelique speaks to Michelle Obama about girls’ education and the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls #Bringbackourgirls

23rd May 2014

Angelique Kidjo and the First Lady

Angelique joined the First lady, Michelle Obama, yesterday at a roundtable discussion about the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram and about international girls’ education.

The First lady said the issue of educating women and girls internationally is important to her and she plans to work on it long after leaving the White House.

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Women’s Education at the Intersection of Health and Human Rights

15th October 2013


Special Post for Blog Action Day, October 16, 2013

In the 21st century, it is shocking to realize that health and well-being are aspects of human life in which gender inequality is strongly manifested. Physical health is often linked to other social indicators of status, wealth, and civil rights. Especially in poor, developing regions of the world, vulnerable populations of women and girls have the most to gain from social interventions, with implications for both maternal/infant health and human rights. Unfortunately, there is often a disconnect between the way international organizations initiate clinical, technical health interventions and they way they promote social interventions of equality and empowerment. The Batonga Foundation is one nonprofit organization that has championed the groundbreaking idea that educating girls is an effective means of improving the health, wealth, and well-being of entire communities.

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