“If we are all educated equally, every generation will be a smart generation,” girl, 14 years old.
In honor of the global campaign ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ (November 25-December 10), the students of Sinuni Secondary School demonstrated their passion for equal access to education through art.
Asked to draw a picture representing why women – just like men – should enjoy the same access to school and college, students of all ages depicted both the power of educated women and the barriers to engage girls in education that still exist today.
This activity, as well as several others designed to mark the 16-day campaign, were made possible through an on-going partnership between Islamic Relief Worldwide and UNDP Iraq. This partnership is a part of an livelihoods project funded by the Government of France, under which 250 returnee and host community members from Sinjar and Hamdaniya will receive small business development support, in the form of training and grants.
Importantly, the project engages community members in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) awareness activities throughout implementation and supports equal access to livelihood opportunities for GBV survivors.
We asked students to tell us why they think education for women is important.