Meryl Streep speaking about women's rights in Afghanistan
I've always been a passionate advocate of women's status, health and rights, so when I stumbled upon this video in my Social Justice class - I had an epiphany that someone has got to do something about the current state of the women in Afghanistan. In this modern day, the majority of girls there (especially in rural areas) do not have access to education and in some cases - basic healthcare. Only 18% of girls aged 15-24 are literate in Afghanistan (UNICEF). A mere 18%.
Currently, Canada is on a UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. We, as Canadian youth - have a duty to speak for the silenced.
Welcome to the Education Effect - an organization providing education and schools for children - in particular girls - in Afghanistan. Started on opposite sides of Canada by Michelle Pham, Shelby Levesque and Sharly Chan, we hope to expand this to a national effort.
We're here to speak out for the children and women of Afghanistan who have been largely hindered by the onset of political turmoil and oppression.
By 2012, we hope to have built a fully-equipped school with locals in Afghanistan while also creating sustainable villages in the years to come with renewable sources of energy.
Want to get involved? Email us : firstname.lastname@example.org