It is no more a closeted secret that women’s education is as important as any man’s education. Shutting women indoors is no more a thing. They are born to avail every opportunity that lays in front of them, and not stop under any circumstance.
However, reaching heights and availing all opportunities is only possible through one means, education. It is of utmost importance for women to get a hold of their basic rights, which will, in turn, make them aware of what wrong they are facing. And, this will only be achievable through education.
Importance of Education
Why is women’s education necessary? Well, the answer to this can continue for millions of pages. Firstly, it allows women to become aware of their surroundings. Secondly, it helps them distinguish between right and wrong. Thirdly, it lets them hold their perpetrators accountable.
These are just a vague borderline picture of what are the benefits of women’s education. Plenty of other reasons reside in and out in this world. Let’s track down the five foremost ones.
1. Growth as an Economy
It is a proven fact that countries with higher literacy rates have better GDP (Gross Development Product) outcomes. So, near about half of the countries in the world have a good amount of women inhabitants. Therefore, just educating the men will not make a difference in a country’s economic reserve.
With more and more people getting an education, a good amount of economic resource inflow will be guaranteed. This will happen as the burden of income will just not be on the shoulder of one particular gender. It will divide equally between all.
The Council on Foreign Relations references a study done in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa that found possible causation that an equal education among men and women between 1960 and 1992 led to nearly higher annual per capita GDP growth.
This will also be an enabler of a high rise in the world economy as a whole.
2. Becoming Aware
All over the world, women go through judgment and exploitation for belonging to the so-called “inferior” class of genders. They are denied their basic rights owing to their biological gender. They are raped, beaten up and, made use of in the worst of ways.
However, even after all of this suffering that most women go through, they do not feel like raising a voice to protect themselves. They do so because they feel, whatever is happening with them, is because they were born a ‘woman’. But, this is not the truth.
The truth is that women do have rights that can protect them from exploitation. The thing just lies in them getting aware of them. And, education will make them realize this and make them raise their voice against oppressors.
3. Decrease in Infant Mortality Rate
A lot of places in many countries see a girl-child put to slaughter, the minute she takes birth. This accounts for a decreased amount of women population in a lot of countries. However, women’s education will not only permit women to stop this practice of killing female infants but will also let so many little girls happily live their lives. W
With education entering the lives of more and more women, health concerns and prevention of chronic illnesses are decreasing. As women are coming to realize the importance of healthcare and sanitation. This is, in turn, working as a beneficiary for other women out there who still await the opportunity of literacy. A simple example can be urging other women to use sanitary pads instead of downtrodden old clothes.
The Council on Foreign Affairs indicates their research shows an extra year of a woman’s education reduces the risk that her children will die in infancy by up to 10 percent.
4. Active Participation
Education sanctions people to be more open and accountable towards their opinion. This opinion may range from a personal opinion to a political opinion. With an active opinion, active participation can also be ensured.
This can act as a catalyst for women to participate everywhere. To voice their opinion, to stand for the right, and to hold the wrong at stake. This will happen only if they are educated enough as this time, their knowledge will speak for them.
An active political, emotional, familial and, economic participation can be expected out of a good education.
5. Sustainable Future
Women’s education is not just the need and necessity of the current times. It will turn out to have long-term benefits for the future. It will help them make for a sustainable societal environment in the future. In countries like India, where one out of every five girls is married below the age of eighteen, educating women is very important.
If one woman gets educated and obtains some requisite knowledge about what women deserve and what they do not, they can save society from innumerable evils. Education will help them prevent wrongdoings. Not only for them but also their future families and countless girl children out there still suffering.
In the words of Adrian Michael, ‘she is a queen, her soul is royalty’. The day women come to realize that misery and dread are not what they deserve, they get together to fight back. In this fight of getting what they deserve, education turns out to be their key weapon.
The time has come that women get over the jaws of accepting everything. Acceptance is not needed in every situation. At times fighting for your rights is necessary and inevitable. And, education is one’s basic right. Every person irrespective of their gender should get access to it.
Your gender can never decide what you deserve and what you do not.