Thank you, Julia, for giving us a very good reason to share a #ThrowbackThursday
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, just released this adorable #ThrowbackThursday picture of her as a schoolgirl to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The blast from the past is for a very good cause as Ms Gillard is currently the chair of the Global Partnership for Education. In the post she encourages all Australians to stand up for the right of women worldwide to be educated and thus reach their whole potential.
Her caption (signed off JG, so you know it’s legit) read, “I want to see a future where every girl is educated and empowered to reach their full potential, just like I was. I’m sharing my #TBT school photo in solidarity with the 31 million girls around the world who are still denied the right to go to school. On #IWD2015 join me and stand #UpForSchool by signing the upforschool.org petition – JG“.
Just as a refresher, Miss Gillard currently looks like this:
In 2012, Miss Gillard was at the Clinton Global Initiative, New York, and said, “it is our job to ensure that girls not only have access to education, but also to a quality education and unbounded horizons for future opportunity. Our work begins now.“
She raised 5 key areas we still need to work on when it comes to equal access to education– irrespective of gender:
#1: ACCESS: To get girls into school and ensure they finish secondary. At the current pace of change it will take 100 years for all girls in Sub-Saharan Africa to finish junior secondary school.
#2: SAFETY: To protect girls’ from violence and attack. Today, there are 15 countries where girls and their schools are specifically attacked. We know from Malala and from Nigeria the anti-girl pathology that must be ended.
#3: LEARNING: To ensure girls, and boys, learn well when they are in school. Globally, there are 250 million children who have not mastered the basics, a majority of them having spent four years in school.
#4: TRANSITIONS: To help girls transition from school to the world of work and higher education.We will broaden their horizons, so that girls who do make it through secondary education will successfully transition to the world of work.
#5: LEADERS: To support local developing country leaders. Progress in girls’ education has been made in areas where only one barrier has been removed, but to make progress today we must reach girls that face multiple barriers, and to do that we need local leaders.
Girls’ CHARGE is not only open to the groups making commitments today. We welcome and encourage others to join us in this important work.
And because everyone loves a good name-drop, here’s that time Miss Gillard was in our office for an interview with our editor-in-chief, Jamila Rizvi.And, casually, with our whole office:
And the time before that:
We at Mamamia stand by Miss Gillard and are hopeful for a future where every girl has the right to a free and good education, irrespective of gender.
A World Bank study has found that with every year of secondary school education, a girl’s future wages are estimated to rise by 18 percent. Half of the 62 million girls around the world currently not attending school are at a higher risk of HIV and AIDS, and falling victims to forms of abuse.
This has to stop.
To celebrate women worldwide and to show your support for the International Women’s Day cause, please consider signing the upforschool.org petition (and perhaps uploading your own #tbt picture encouraging others to do the same).