NWAC believes that our right to quality education is one of the most essential of our human rights. Through education, we gain the skills needed to care for ourselves and others, and to engage in the economy and contribute to society. Education gives us options, from a more preferable job, to being able to inform ourselves of our rights and options for our safety and that of our families. Education for all is critical, but education for women has the added benefit of creating more benefits for others, from their children to society as a whole.
The United Nations Population Fund is an international development agency with the mandate to promote the equality of women, men, and children. From their work in achieving equality, they greatly emphasize the power of education for women and girls:
“Education is important for everyone, but it is especially significant for girls and women. This is true not only because education is an entry to other opportunities, but also because the educational achievements of women can have ripple effects within the family and across generations. Investing in girls’ education is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty. [. . .] The education of parents is linked to their children’s educational attainment, and the mother’s education is usually more influential than the father’s.” (http://web.lb.unfpa.org/gender/empowerment2.htm)
Investing in creating equal opportunities, participation, and success in education for Aboriginal women and girls is not only fulfilling a human right, it would yield significant benefits for Canadian society as a whole. NWAC remains committed to promoting education for Aboriginal women and girls.