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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Are Communities the Problem or the Solution for Girls’ Education?

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Session Description

There are deep-rooted, community-induced societal barriers to girls’ education. Persistently working with the entire community helps instill a favorable perception shift toward girls’ education. If communities have been the biggest impediment to development, can we flip the scenario, use the same communities, and make them the drivers of development?

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Wednesday, April 9 SBS, Seminar 10

Session leaders

  • Safeena Husain Speaker
    Founder & Executive Director, Educate Girls Foundation
    Safeena, a London School of Economics graduate, has worked extensively with rural and urban underserved communities in South America, Africa and Asia. After returning to India, Safeena chose the agenda closest to her heart – that of girls’ education – and founded Educate Girls. Safeena’s efforts to bridge the gender gap in education in India have been widely recognized. Under her leadership, Educate Girls has received the 2015 Skoll Foundation Award, the 2014 WISE Award, the 2014 USAID Millennium Alliance Award, the 2014 Stars Impact Award, and the British Asian Trust’s Special Recognition Award from HRH Prince Charles for outstanding contribution in education. She recently won the 2017 Niti Ayog Women Transforming India Award and the 2016 NDTV-L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award in the Education Category.