Women’s and Girls’ Education Drives a Transformative SDG Agenda

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Executive Director, UN Women

Betty Sam from the Solomon Islands was raised in a family where only the men were seen as worthy of education. At the age of 15 and unable to pay for school on her own, Betty begged her father for a chance to continue her education but was denied. Instead she moved to the capital, Honiara, and got a paid job as a house cleaner, which enabled her to enrol in a computer course. This course was a turning point in Betty’s life; it provided her with the digital skills needed for a new, mor fulfilling job and encouraged her to talk with other girls in her local community about the importance of education.

She says: “I hope that other women can see that just because you don’t have a formal education at school, it doesn’t mean that you can’t keep learning new skills”…

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