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Joelle Wyser-Pratte Sees Female Education as A Means To Economic Development

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Joelle Wyser-Pratte believes the importance of education is one topic that has been written on and stressed upon for decades. However, it’s no longer news that despite this awareness, some set of people are still restricted from partaking in this privilege. Although male and female were “supposedly” created alike, females have been adversely deprived of being educated. This has created a cause that people like Joelle Wyser-Pratte, the co-founder of Ounavarra Capital and Ounavarra Foundation, have been actively involved in. But the question remains, “why is female education an issue?”

With the quest for power and dominance and the relevance of culture and history on the part of men in government, female education in some countries poses as a threat. This has further led to the oppression of females from partaking in basic activities that they should be entitled to. However, it is important to note that educating girls can lead to a rapid improvement in the economy. Despite this fact, it presently seems that not many are after economic development but personal interests. Joelle Wyser-Pratte, who is involved in an active fight to increase the population of educated females, believes that women should be educated to the same standards as men.

Joelle Wyser-Pratte Shares Facts about Female Education

According to an infographic published on her website, Joelle showed that

· Out of the world’s 130 million youths that are out of school, 72% are girls.

· Educating more females would lead to a decrease in the rate of HIV and malnutrition. To help battle the increase in HIV and malnutrition rates, Joelle Wyser-Pratte, along with Paul O’Reilly-Hyland completed an Olympic triathlon .9-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run on September 29th. This was done to support 20 HIV+ children in the program who would also receive health and nutrition support, as well as HIV and Life Skills Education.

According to a study published by Goldman Sachs on the Japan working population, it was realized that the female employment rate was only at 60%, which is still the beginning. This means that there is still more work to be done.

Also, a blog post published by Joelle shows that the percentage of female representation in national governments around the world is not encouraging.

How Female Education Leads To Economic Development

If the facts above are turned around in favor of females, here are a few economic developments that could take place.

1. Growth in GDP and Per Capita Income

Joelle Wyser-Pratte’s infographic shows that if 10% more girls go to school, the GDP of any country could move up by 3%. It also showed that the total loss in 65 countries for not educating women to the same standard as men led to $92 billion in GDP losses. This simply means that educating more females would create a positive turn around for the working population in any economy.

Goldman Sachs’ research on the Japanese economy showed that investing in female education and narrowing the gender gap would boost the per capita income. According to Bloomberg, “the workforce would gain 8.2 million employees and Japan’s GDP could be boosted by up to 15 percent.” Having educated women in the workforce would increase its size, quality and productivity as well as aid the equal distribution of wealth in a society.

2. Decrease in Mortality Rates

It is already obvious that women are better home makers. Closing the gender gap in education would increase gender equality and increasing female education would improve the cognitive abilities in women. This would increase their quality of life. Having educated women manage their homes and family health issues would definitely reduce the infant and maternal mortality rates. This would thereby improve the demographic structures of economies, creating a balance between the population of adults, the elderly and infants.

3. Decrease in the Spread of Diseases

The widespread of diseases like the HIV/AIDS has led to the establishment of various charity organizations, such as the Ounavarra Foundation, Care, and many others. The infographic also showed that having more girls educated would definitely lead to a decrease in HIV and malnutrition rates. Ubuntu Africa, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the mental and physical health of HIV-positive children living in underserved communities, hosted an Olympic triathlon in 2012.

In a press release published on the event, Joelle Wyser-Pratte had this to say, “An unfortunate byproduct of the global recession has been a severe reduction in the amount of charitable giving. If we helped even one child with the dollars we raised on Sunday, it was well worth it.” Joelle, Paul and the team they started raised over $50,000 for Ubuntu Africa.

Many countries around the world are guilty of the reduced rate of female education. Apart from factors such as culture or history, money is also important. However, it is pretty obvious that educating these females would generate billions for the respective country in the long run. War, poverty, hunger and disease are the new normal in the world today but Joelle Wyser-Pratte believes that educating females can make meaningful improvements in the lives of people in those areas.

External sources:

· Female Education.

· Kathy Matsui (March 07, 2013). The Economic Benefits of Educating Women.

· Female Education and Development.

· Goldman Sachs (Dec 05, 2012). Womenomics- The Time is Now.



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