Recently, the orphanage has faced economic hardship and has asked for our help. A few of these girls are approaching the end of high school and are aspiring to go to college. I know from the month that I spent with them that they are extremely bright with enormous potential. It is compulsory to support them, especially in Egypt--a country in which gender inequality has constrained the country's development. According to USAID, in Egypt, women participate significantly less in the labor force than men (26% compared to 79%), and 65% of women are literate compared to the 82% of men. If they are not able to continue their education, it would be an enormous opportunity lost. Getting them the best education possible is just the first step to empowering women in Egypt economically, socially, and politically and moving towards gender equality.
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- Jacqueline Ashkar
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