Gender equality will never be achieved without women being better represented in positions of power. This holds true all over the world!
In Guatemala, we recently learned only 3% of Mayors and 8% of judges are women. No wonder that it remains a challenging environment for women to advance. But Sofia plans to change that.
Like many young indigenous girls, the odds have been stacked against Sofia from the start. An absent father, and such little money that she remembers looking for discarded papers and pencils in the trash. On average, indigenous women only receive 2.6 years of education.
A few months ago we sat with Sofia as she passionately spoke about her desire to improve the lives of women in her home country. By becoming a lawyer, she could advocate for equal treatment in schools, protect victims of domestic violence who cannot fight for themselves in court, and give indigenous women a voice in the legal system.
Because of the Rosa scholarship — started to support Rosa and other ambitious young women in their pursuit of higher education — Sofia is now in her 2nd year of law school and is on her way to a position of power.
International Day of the Girl
The digital gender gap is growing. Today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed or in education or training.
Of the 1 billion young people – including 600 million adolescent girls – that will enter the workforce in the next decade, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.
This year, the UN has set the theme With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, This International Day of the Girl will mark the beginning of a year-long effort to draw attention and investments to the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability.
- Read: Evolving Opportunities for Girls Pursuing Education in Guatemala [LA Times]
- Watch: Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, and Greatness of Girls [TED]
- Learn: Children in a Digital World, 2017 Report [UNICEF]
How You Can Help
- Give: Donate to the Rosa Scholarship so we can continue to support young women like Sofia pursuing higher education in Guatemala.
- Support: Before they can dream of going to college, indigenous girls have to finish high school—but only 1 in 20 ever reach that point. Many families have to choose between feeding their kids or keeping them in school. CoEd is on a mission to get 1,000 girls to high school graduation!
- Share: Re-post our video on Facebook, retweet it, and use hashtag #DayoftheGirl