Press Release

International Women’s Day Is a Reminder that Millions of Girls Around the World Are Still Denied Schooling

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Thursday, March 6, 2014


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—Statement by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on International Women’s Day, March 8:

“International Women’s Day offers a heartbreaking reminder that millions of girls throughout the world still are denied the opportunity to complete their schooling. Sadly, the world will not meet one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—that every child would complete a basic education by 2015. Poverty, child labor, child marriage, human trafficking and gender discrimination are keeping nearly 57 million children from obtaining the very thing that will help them improve their lives and thrive. To reclaim the promise of a better life for all girls, every nation on earth must dedicate itself to equality and educational opportunity and heed the urging of the wise and courageous Malala Yousafzai for an education for all.”

The AFT has created classroom materials to help students explore the issue of girls’ education.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.