Why Do Girls Drop Out of School? It’s All About What Happens in the Girls’ Room

March 7, 2012
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It’s heartening to see philanthropists like Bill Gates and celebrities like Matt Damon raising awareness of the fact that more people in the world now have a mobile phone than have a toilet. As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, let’s not forget that girls and women suffer the most from lack of sanitation.

The following article was originally published by BRAC USA President & CEO Susan Davis on her Huffington Post blog.

It’s heartening to see philanthropists like Bill Gates and celebrities like Matt Damon raising awareness of the fact that more people in the world now have a mobile phone than have a toilet. As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, let’s not forget that girls and women suffer the most from lack of sanitation. Every day, girls and women across the developing world rise early in search of the privacy that darkness provides.

When it comes to teenage girls, providing access to sanitation isn’t just a matter of reducing rates of disease and infection. That by itself is important enough, but as it turns out, clean toilets keep girls in school, and keeping girls in school is vital not just for the girls themselves but for poor countries’ economic development.

What happens in the girls’ room, in other words, can transform entire societies.

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