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Girls' Education in the 21st Century : Gender Equality, Empowerment, and Economic Growth

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  • Mercy Tembon
  • Lucia Fort
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    Gender equality is not just a women's issue, it is a development issue. Women's economic empowerment is essential for economic development, growth, and poverty reduction not only because of the income it generates, but also because it helps to break the vicious cycle of poverty. Educating girls and women is critical to economic development. Research conducted in a variety of countries and regions has established that educating girls is one of the most cost-effective ways of spurring development. Female education creates powerful poverty-reducing synergies and yields enormous intergenerational gains. It is positively correlated with increased economic productivity, more robust labor markets, higher earnings, and improved societal health and well-being. This book is based on the background papers developed for the symposium. Although the papers have been edited, their key messages remain intact, and the theme of the symposium respected. The overview chapter is a thematic paper prepared by the World Bank that brings out the main messages of the symposium. The subsequent chapters reflect the current state of education from a gender perspective and highlight the importance of and challenges to female education as well as the interdependence of education and development objectives. The final chapter presents five strategic directions for advancing gender equity in education.

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    This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 6554 and published in 2008.

    ISBN: 978-0-8213-7474-0
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    Keywords: Gender - Gender and Education Health; Nutrition and Population - Population Policies Education - Education For All Access and Equity in Basic Education Education - Primary Education Health; Nutrition and Population;

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    1. Psacharopoulos, George & Patrinos, Harry Anthony, 2002. "Returns to investment in education : a further update," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2881, The World Bank.
    2. Schultz, T.P., 1993. "Mortality Decline in the Low Income World: Causes and Consequences," Papers, Yale - Economic Growth Center 681, Yale - Economic Growth Center.
    3. Filmer, Deon, 2000. "The structure of social disparities in education : gender and wealth," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2268, The World Bank.
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    1. Chicoine, Luke E., 2012. "Education and Fertility: Evidence from a Policy Change in Kenya," IZA Discussion Papers 6778, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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