UBS - Investing in Gender Equality in India

Sadly India has the highest rate of out-of-school girls in the world. Running off a unique and ground-breaking funding model: a Development Impact Bond (DIB) implemented in collaboration with UBS Optimus Foundation and CIFF (the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation), Educate Girls is a non-profit organisation working in remote tribal areas in India addressing massive gender gaps and ensuring girls stay in school and, most importantly, where they learn.
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Educate Girls is a non-profit organisation working in remote tribal areas in India, where massive gender gaps are the norm and girl-child education is believed far less important than raising goats. Safeena has made it her life’s mission to reverse these truths and create a new reality where girls stay in school and, most importantly, where they learn. She has commandeered an army of 8000 passionate, educated young female volunteers to execute this mammoth task.

Educate Girls is a non-profit organisation working in remote tribal areas in India, where massive gender gaps are the norm and girl-child education is believed far less important than raising goats. Safeena has made it her life’s mission to reverse these truths and create a new reality where girls stay in school and, most importantly, where they learn. She has commandeered an army of 8000 passionate, educated young female volunteers to execute this mammoth task.

“My education is the only thing that's mine. Nobody can rob it. No flood can wash it away. No fire can burn it. It's mine and it will be mine forever.” Educate Girls volunteer - Rajastan, India.  For every year that a girl attends school she, by implication, doesn't get married, doesn't have children, nor die in childbirth due to her very young age, and as if that isn't enough, her household income increases by ten to fifteen percent.

“My education is the only thing that's mine. Nobody can rob it. No flood can wash it away. No fire can burn it. It's mine and it will be mine forever.” Educate Girls volunteer - Rajastan, India. For every year that a girl attends school she, by implication, doesn't get married, doesn't have children, nor die in childbirth due to her very young age, and as if that isn't enough, her household income increases by ten to fifteen percent.

India has the highest rate of out-of-school girls in the world. The number of child brides and sexual or other forms of female slavery is amongst the highest on the planet. It is clear that India is the epicentre of gender discrimination and inequity.

India has the highest rate of out-of-school girls in the world. The number of child brides and sexual or other forms of female slavery is amongst the highest on the planet. It is clear that India is the epicentre of gender discrimination and inequity.

Shanti, Safeena and Phyllis

Shanti, Safeena and Phyllis

Shanti Prajapati, three staff members from Educate Girls, Pooja Mishra

Shanti Prajapati, three staff members from Educate Girls, Pooja Mishra

Shanti Prajapati -Team Balika Volunteer

Shanti Prajapati -Team Balika Volunteer

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