Educating girls in Bangladesh
The Women of Concern group is helping to ensure that girls in Bangladesh receive quality education.
Only a third of women in Bangladesh can read and write. Almost three million children don’t receive any education, and the majority of these are girls.
As a result, it’s very difficult for women to escape the cycle of poverty.
Problems with schools
Even for the children who do go to school, there are many problems. Most schools are completely overcrowded. Drop-out rates are very high; only about a third of children who start primary school actually finish it. Most teachers are overworked and lack proper training.
In October 2006, Concern Worldwide began a five-year education project titled Amader School for up to 150 primary schools in Bangladesh. Amader school means “our school.”
As part of this project, we’re campaigning at all levels of society to change attitudes, practices and policies towards education.
Women of Concern
Concern has established a group called “Women of Concern.” It supports Concern’s work with girls and women in the world’s poorest countries.
It provides an opportunity for Irish people to express solidarity and support for women who are less fortunate.
Why focus on women?
Inequality is still rife in the world.
70% of the one billion people living on less than a dollar a day are women
Women work 66% of the world’s working hours
While only earning 10% of the world’s income
Over 66% of the world’s 876 million illiterate people are women
More than 80% of the world’s estimated 40 million refugees are women and children
Women own less than 1% of the world’s property
Fixing the problem
When a woman is healthy, educated, and empowered, she’s in a position to help herself, her family and her community. A UN research paper has shown that educating girls has the greatest impact on their health, more so than focusing on nutrition, water or sanitation.
Put simply, women are an essential part of building an improved society.
Committed to change
Currently, the Women of Concern group is supporting three projects in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Haiti. Everyone who joins the group commits to supporting these projects.
At the end of each project, lives will have been changed for the better: girls will have been educated; standards of living will have improved and gender violence will have been reduced.
For more information or to join the group, please contact
If you’re interested in supporting this work, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (01) 417 8020
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