John Vincent Obias
WOMEN SHOULD PURSUE EDUCATION, 2020
– Alcohol markers on watercolor paper
“She resented being told constantly that she was ignorant and stupid when she knew she wasn’t.”
-Ronald Dahl (MATILDA)
Despite being incredibly intelligent and talented, Matilda was despised by her family simply because she is a girl. But despite everything, this naughty girl shows genuine kindness to people she looks up to and values her education.
According to global data, women make up more than two-thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate people, and worldwide, 132 million girls are out of school. So, in 2019, UNESCO launched Her education, our future, a drive to accelerate action for girls’ and women’s education by leveraging political and financial commitments, as well as leadership for women and girls.
[Read: Her education, our future: UNESCO fast-tracking girls’ and women’s education]
In the United States, H.R. 2153: Keeping Girls in School Act was passed on January 28, 2020 in the 116th Congress. The bill authorizes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to enter into acquisition, assistance, or financing agreements to address societal, cultural, health, and other barriers that adolescent girls face in accessing quality secondary education.