Room to Read Event to Feature CEO Erin Ganju
Cambridge, MA • November 15, 2011
“The single most important way to encourage women and girls to stand up for their rights is education.” ~ Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn For many of us, life without books – an...
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM ESTMicrosoft’s New England Research and Development Center
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
“The single most important way to encourage women and girls to stand up for their rights is education.” ~ Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
For many of us, life without books – and the gift of reading – is unimaginable. Yet 750 million people around the world cannot read or write; two-thirds of them are girls and women.
Experts agree that the single best investment we can make in the developing world is the education of girls. When 10 percent more girls in a country go to school, that country’s GDP increases on average by 3 percent. A year of secondary education will raise a girl’s eventual wages by up to 25 percent. Educating girls is directly linked to lower infant mortality rates and success in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases. The evidence is overwhelming that educating girls dramatically improves the well-being of their families, communities and countries.
One of the many committed organizations seeking to advance the cause of gender equality in the developing world is Room to Read. Since its founding in 2000, Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program has supported more than 10,000 girls in a long-term education program. The organization has also established more than 12,000 libraries and constructed 1400 schools.
On November 15, Room to Read’s vibrant Boston Chapter will hold its third annual Fall Fundraiser at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge. Room to Read’s remarkable CEO, Erin Ganju, is the special guest speaker. Erin, who has been with Room to Read since 2001, has been integral to the organization’s growth. Earlier in her career she worked in international business development for Unilever and Goldman Sachs.
The event will also feature international foods, a live auction, raffle items and special musical guests.
If you’d like to hear Erin’s story, you can register for the event at www.roomtoread.org/boston2011.
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