Nigerian Girls Deserve an Education

May 7, 2014 – It has been three weeks since more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in northeastern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. A global social media campaign — #BringBackOurGirls — has since taken off calling for their return…..Nigerian women are “the nation’s hidden resource,” the British Council in Nigeria declared in its 2012 “Gender in Nigeria Report.” They tend to be better educated than their male counterparts, and make up a majority of the rural workforce. And yet, the country’s yawning gender disparity means women are reportedly five times less likely to own land than men, and hold only a handful of the country’s decision-making positions. The report ultimately concluded that investing in girls today will improve productivity and growth, as well as lead to a more peaceful, healthy, and skilled workforce in the future.

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