I recently attended the African Union Summit, held this year under the theme “Silencing the guns”. Through my work, I’ve learned that there is a clear link between working to achieve peace, development and ensuring that girls can get an education.
When girls are educated, they make sure that there is peace. Women want their families to grow and thrive in peaceful conditions, not to be involved in wars.
When there is conflict, women and girls are the most negatively affected. But when a woman is educated, she supports the education of her children and establishes a positive generational cycle.
When positive cycles are established, conflict is reduced because the women are striving to improve their lives, those of their children and working against conflict, war, and hunger – which no mother wants for her children.