How Access to Broadband Can Remove Barriers to Education and Empower Women

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How Access to Broadband Can Remove Barriers to Education and Empower Women

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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 9:00am

Research resoundingly reveals that when girls and women are educated, the income they earn is primarily returned to their families, which in turn helps build stronger families and more stable communities. But can something as simple as a dirty bathroom break that positive cycle?

Unfortunately, in some countries it can, especially when adolescent girls reach puberty. UNICEF finds that 1 in 10 school-age African girls “do not attend … or drop out at puberty because of the lack of clean and private sanitation facilities in schools.” Girls’ attendance also drops dramatically if they are not well because of disease or poor nutrition, if the school is far away and parents are concerned for the child’s safety, or if families don’t see the value in spending limited funds on their daughter’s education.

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Keywords: Social Impact & Volunteering | Broadband Commission for Digital Development | Broadband access | Cisco | Education | UNICEF | cisco networking academy

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