Educating girls and women is the most effective way to address global poverty. This Jam Session discusses how we can be part of the solution to combat poverty.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Educating girls and women is the most effective way to address global poverty. Women who finish secondary school earn more money, have smaller, healthier families, and are more likely to educate their own children—breaking the cycle of illiteracy in one generation. Literacy is the cornerstone of all learning and is fundamental for participation in today’s global society, yet 793 million people across the globe lack the ability to read and write. That includes every medicine bottle, employment ad and ballot form they encounter. Of all the illiterate people in the world today, two-thirds are female and over 90 percent live in developing countries. In this session you will discover how:
• To engineer a better future by being part of the solution to combat poverty.
• To get involved in local volunteer opportunities that help educate children.
• Men are and continue to be catalysts for change in girls’ education.
• Kids can make a big difference no matter how little they are – here’s how to teach them to take action against gender inequality.
• To enter into a raffle to win free books about global education – for kids and adults.
Wendi Huestis is the Director of North America for Room to Read, an award winning global nonprofit organization focused on literacy and gender equality in education. She has worked with philanthropic organizations for over a decade as an educator and fundraiser in the U.S. and abroad. She is a volunteer for Child Family Health International and was a co-founder and served for 6 years on the board of S.A.M., an organization that provided medical and dental supplies for pediatric hospitals and orphanages in La Paz. Wendi graduated from Cornell University where she was a Cornell National Scholar, continued her education in health at Columbia University and is currently working on an MBA at Cornell where she was recently nominated for the Leadership Advisory Council and established the Women’s Executive Leadership Board. She was born in Japan, raised in Vermont, studied in France, volunteered in Bolivia, worked in the Czech Republic and lives in Manhattan with her family.
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