After enduring decades of dictatorship, civil war and unsustainable economy the people of Liberia have gone through misery, especially the Liberian women. The civil war lead to a great miss treatment and oppression towards females. In order to empower women all over the country and decrease the harassments, president Ellen Johnsson Sirleaf has officially launched a national girl’s education policy.
With support from UNICEF the new policy has been legislated that is aiming towards a free and mandatory school for every Liberian child. According to Unicef the president of Liberia said that the country is working ”to see a new country with a shared vision for girl’s education” (2006).
To begin with, there is a greater chance for women to participate in the labor market if they have completed primary and secondary school. Therefore they are also more likely to earn income.
Unfortunately there is still a gap between girls and boys in African countries where boys are 1.55 times more likely to finish primary and secondary school studies.
Educated women have a bigger chance to claim their rights in the society which as a result can strengthen their position towards men. Another effect is that by achieving gender parity in education it empowers women to think more highly of themselves (2014). As a result of empowering women it allows females to raise from poverty.
On top of this, unwanted teenage pregnancies are more common among uneducated girls. By educating girls about preventing pregnancies with different protection measures it can therefore reduce child birth (2014). Educated women get married later in life and give birth to fewer and more healthier children.
There is a positive impact to the society by educating women because they pass on knowledge to the next generations. According to Unicef there is a proverb from Butan saying; ”to educate a women is to educate an entire country” (2015a).
Fewer children and a wider education equally divided between the two genders can lead to a positive development in lower income countries. In addition to decreased child birth and positive development in individuals, a wider education can lead to economical growth in a whole country. Education can transmit across communities which besides the economical factor can improve the population health (2014).