The Effect of the Girl Effect

December 9, 2008

Yesterday I saw this clever, 2 minute video called the Girl Effect that basically says that a girl can save the world!  It shows how by giving a girl an education and opportunities she can improve the situation of an entire community.  It is thought provoking and inspiring and takes 2 minutes to watch. For me, the video underlines the importance of acheiveing human rights for women and girls.  Too many people argue that social practices that harm girls or in some way disadvantage them are just “culture” or “tradition” and therefore the West should not interfere.  My response? Human rights are universal.  We musn’t underestimate, or undermine the power of the girl effect by denying women and girls human rights.