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CAMFED Director on Global Stage in China

CAMFED Director Lucy Lake

November 2005 - CAMFED Director Lucy Lake was invited to speak about the importance of education for young women across sub-Saharan Africa at a global conference in Beijing organised by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI).

Lucy, who has been CAMFED’s Director of International Programmes since 1994, sits on UNGEI’s Global Advisory Committee. She spoke alongside Ministers of Education from around the world to deliver the message that, without education, young women are condemned to a vicious cycle of poverty and exclusion.

“Making sure that girls across sub-Saharan Africa get the education they deserve is a challenge that, when met, will deliver far-reaching benefits for us all,” is the message that Lucy will bring to the forum.

“It leads to improved health and brings economic growth to local communities. It is heralded as the most effective weapon we have in the global fight against AIDS. It means that women can negotiate in relationships and choose how many children to have, and in turn ensures that the next generation of children go to school – a virtuous cycle.”

“The biggest priority is to ensure that the resources committed internationally in the name of girls’ education are used to give this generation of girls the chance to go to school,” says Lucy.

The forum is a chance for the international community to reflect on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) that promised to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education by the end of 2005, according to Lucy, and to look at how far the international community still has to go in order to ensure that all children – both girls and boys – have equal access to all levels of education by 2015.




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