Investing in women's education brings "great benefits for society"

Young girls

Young girls

Educating women and girls benefits both individuals and society, according to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

Mr Ban was speaking at the launch in Paris of Better Life, better Future, a global initiative to promote education for women and girls, launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

Across the world, some 39 million girls are not enrolled in school, while two thirds of the world's illiterate adults are women.

 US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who was also at the launch, said it makes sense to invest in girl's education.

 "The evidence shows conclusively that even one extra year of schooling leads to significantly higher wages for women and girls, which allows them to lift up themselves, their families and to contribute to their communities and countries."

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