10 Ways Education Impacts on a Woman’s life

Friday, 23 October 2015
By International Needs
10 Ways Education Impacts on a Woman’s life

Education is key to addressing gender-based inequalities and exclusions which exist around the world. Whilst young boys and girls both have the same fundamental human right to education, girls generally receive far less education and have access to less opportunities than their male counterparts. Girls who are from minority communities and live in rural areas tend to experience these problems at a greater extent.

1. Education can improve a woman’s annual income:

For every primary school year completed, a woman’s annual earnings increase by 10%-20%

2. Girl’s education prevents child marriage:

Every 30 seconds, 13 girls are married before the age of 18. That’s 38 thousand girls in one day. 

However, a girl with at least seven years of education marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.

3. Education reduces the risk of gender-based violence:

On average, 30% of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence by their partner. Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.

Research suggests that women who are educated experience less violence.

4. Girls’ education has a positive impact on the lives of their children:

1.7 million fewer children would suffer from stunting if all women had completed primary education, rising to 12.2 million if all women had completed secondary education .

Educated mothers are 50% more likely to immunise their children.

5. Education can prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM):

Globally, an estimated 100-140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. Research suggests that basic education can help eliminate this practice.

6. Education can prevent maternal mortality:

Every year 287,000 women die as a consequence of pregnancy related complications or childbirth.

Educating a girl for six years drastically improves their prenatal and postnatal care.

7. Education can prevent HIV:

A girl who completes basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV.

8. Education increases women’s involvement in the political process:

Women are outnumbered four to one in legislatures around the world. Educated women are more likely to participate in political processes and decision-making which promotes representation and effective governance both locally and nationally.

9. Education narrows pay gaps between men and women:

In Pakistan for example, women with primary education earn 51% of what men earn. With secondary education, they earn 70% of what men earn

10. Educated mothers lead to educated daughters:

For every year a mother stays in school, her daughters are 20% more likely to stay an extra year.


Based on the positive outcomes that arise as a consequence of girls’ education, it is important to support and nurture children’s education globally. One can support education in a number of ways such as fundraising to ensure children are kept in schools and have adequate school supplies to receive the best quality education.

International Needs Australia is an international development organisation working to improve the lives of individuals in the developing world. Currently, International Needs Australia is running the ‘Just One Day’ campaign for primary school students. This campaign aims to raise awareness about poverty and the importance of education, by asking students and their families to live simply for just one day. Students and their families are encouraged to fundraise, in order to keep children from developing countries in school. Raising just $100 will assist one family in sending one child to school for the year, whilst raising $200 will provide classroom resources for a whole primary school. To find out more, please click here

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