La Jolla, CA - FFW Founder & CEO Deborah Lindholm is headed to Liberia with school supplies and more to meet with Foundation for Women Liberia leaders about the microcredit and education programs currently active. "The purpose of this trip is to strengthen our partnership with Edify and to welcome Dean Paula Cordeiro from SOLES, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, at USD and her colleague. This is the fifth trip for SOLES to Liberia to train our school partners in the very best education practices." explains Lindholm from her home near the ocean.
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Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph Boakai has announced collaboration between F-SHAM of Faith School for Girls, The Foundation for Women and EDIFY, an educational partner in Liberia that has resulted a transformed F-SHAM into a Technology school for girls in Liberia.
Why do we need to invest in women and girls to fight poverty?
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan argues that:
"There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, or to reduce infant and maternal mortality. No other policy is as sure to improve nutrition and promote health -- including the prevention of HIV/AIDS. No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation. And I would also venture that no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended."
The return on a country's investment in its women is enormous. Investment in girls' education, especially secondary education, yields high returns in the form of increased wages. Greater access to credit and other financial services increases women's mobility and increases household consumption. Women in employment also enjoy greater status in their family and community, contributing to their overall empowerment.
Deborah Lindhom is the Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Africa, India and the United States on issues of poverty, education and microcredit.