Empowerment, Equality & Impact: Anya Thakur on girls’ education

UN Women advocate Anya Thakur on striving to ensure positive outcomes for all girls and people.

Image courtesy of Anya Thakur for UN Women.

Tremendous progress has been made in education in enrolling boys and girls in school equally. But to build on this achievement and ensure all girls and children reach their fullest potential, it is imperative that they are given the tools they need to succeed and encouraged to complete secondary education and lead productive lives.

As a UN Women advocate, I strive to ensure positive outcomes for all girls and people. I am honored to cover stories on empowerment, equality and impact and share with you words from the United Nations and UN Women on how empowerment and girls’ education is being furthered.


“If you find yourself in a place that allows you to make a real difference in other women’s lives, obstacles will not stop you anymore,” Ayah al-Wakil, a lawyer working at the Palestine Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), said.


“There are 1.8 billion young people aged 10–24 years old in the world — the largest youth population ever,” UN Women shared in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is largely about youth and for the youth. Therefore, we cannot dismiss today’s young men and young women as solely the beneficiaries of development or even as the leaders of tomorrow — for they are already leading today! The force and inspirations of our youngest leaders represent one of the critical drivers for accelerating progress on sustainable development and gender equality.”


“HeForShe has signed up fathers who want to raise empowered daughters; leaders who know their societies will be stronger when there are as many women in parliament and in business as men; and ordinary people who are fed up with violence and discrimination against women — and want to be part of a global force for change,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlightedwhen discussing HeforShe Impact 10x10x10.

He also emphasized the alliances the campaign is building.

“This is a partnership campaign involving individuals and corporations, government leaders and grass-roots activists, great celebrities and global citizens,” he said.

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