Hillary Clinton’s “CHARGE” Initiative Commits $600 Million to Girls’ Education
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Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new Clinton Global Initiative commitment called CHARGE—The Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education. The Clinton Global Initiative was founded in 2005 by Bill Clinton, to convene world leaders to develop and implement solutions for global problems.
CHARGE includes 30 other partners, organizations and governments like Norway and the U.S., all which have committed $600 million to reach 14 million girls in the next five years. Julia Gillard notes that this initiative comes with the increasing recognition that educating and empowering females is key to developing a nation and escaping aspects like poverty and high birth rates. However, events like Malala’s shooting by the Taliban and the kidnapping of Nigerian school girls by extremist group Boko Haram, remind us that getting an education is still very dangerous for girls in many parts of the world.
“It’s being targeted because it’s powerful. Education is powerful, which is why some people want to stop it and why we should feel so passionate about assuring that it occurs”.
CHARGE’s five main goals are:
- Keep girls in school
- Ensure school safety and security
- Improve quality of learning for girls
- Support transitions from and out of school
- Support girls’ education leaders/workers in developing countries to fulfill these goals
Girls’ education has already come a long way in the last 25 years, with female enrollment in primary schools worldwide at nearly 80%. CHARGE’s partners have already begun creating initiatives to improve girls’ education. Nepal is committing $29 million to CHARGE and providing bicycles for girls to so they have transportation to school. Bangladesh is to see 8,000 school girl clubs by 2019. The biggest challenge facing the CHARGE initiative is that many countries where girls are most in need, are countries where the government does not want to cooperate with improving girls’ education. The solution to this is to cultivate leaders in those countries on a grassroots level.
As for female equality at home, Gillard mentions that both she and Clinton have been victim to misogyny in their political careers, and that developed countries should not settle thinking that all is well in terms of equality.
“The dialogue both in Australia and the United States must still include questions of political leadership, corporate leadership, civil society leadership where doors still need to be opened for women”.