The Hitavada - - THE OPINION PAGE -

NOT ed­u­cat­ing women has a tremen­dous eco­nomic cost. That is the find­ing of the World Bank, re­vealed in its lat­est report, re­leased on the oc­ca­sion of ‘Malala Day.’ Ac­cord­ing to the report, not ed­u­cat­ing women glob­ally costs any­thing be­tween USD 15 and USD 30 tril­lion. And the worst sit­u­a­tion in this re­gard is that of the low in­come coun­tries, where ma­jor­ity of girl chil­dren are not even able to com­plete their pri­mary and lower sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. As a re­sult the world econ­omy is de­prived of the ser­vices of women as they are un­able to se­cure gain­ful em­ploy­ment and con­trib­ute to cre­ation of wealth. On the con­trary it was found that ed­u­cated women have con­trib­uted much to na­tional economies when­ever they got the op­por­tu­ni­ties. Not ed­u­cat­ing girl child is deeply rooted in the cul­tural bi­ases against women, mostly in back­ward or tra­di­tion­bound so­ci­eties as also due to eco­nomic rea­sons where ed­u­cat­ing male child is gets greater pri­or­ity over girls. Sim­i­larly, fi­nan­cial de­pen­dence is an­other im­ped­ing fac­tor in women’s de­vel­op­ment as a hu­man be­ing.

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