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Educating Women and Girls


“There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls and women.”
— Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan


Less than 2% of international giving for education from U.S. funders in 2007 specifically targeted women and girls


How do we grow global commitment to and funding for educating women and girls?


Fund women’s groups that provide access to formal and informal education for women and girls — especially those who are marginalized
— Global Fund for Women

Case Study

Afghanistan Institute of Learning
  • Began in 1995 as an underground education provider for Afghan women
  • A sustaining donor since 1997, the Global Fund for Women has committed more than $260,000


  • Since 1995 has trained 13,000 teachers and educated more than 350,000 women and children
  • Now operates 41 Women’s Learning Centers
  • Founded Gawhar Shad University to provide post-secondary education for women

Research Sources

Speech by Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, 3/31/2003

Global Fund for Women, Annual Report 2007-2008

Global Fund for Women

Afghan Institute of Learning

Afghan Institute of Learning Program Descriptions
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