McKinley Tretler is communications manager at Malala Fund. She works to develop and execute Malala Fund’s messaging and media strategies.
Malala Fund launched a report today revealing one billion girls and young women are not equipped with the skills they will need to compete in a rapidly-changing economies.
Full Force: Why the world works better when all girls go to school explains that if girls don’t receive quality education there will be a shortage of educated workers — leading to major gaps in the labour market and unstable economies.
Right now, the global economy is missing out on up to $30 trillion because too many girls can’t go to school. The potential economic and human costs could be far greater unless leaders invest in education.
“Full Force lays out a roadmap for how we must plan today to ensure that women can succeed in the jobs of tomorrow,” noted Apple CEO Tim Cook in his foreword for the report. “If civil society took the fundamental step of guaranteeing 12 years of education for every woman and girl, every community would benefit, every sector would thrive, and every economy would grow.”
Next month, leaders of the G20 countries — those representing 90% of global GDP and one-third of all out-of-school girls — will meet in Argentina to discuss the world’s most pressing issues. For the first time ever, education will be on the agenda. Malala Fund’s Full Force report gives recommendations for G20 leaders to make significant progress on girls’ education.
“We want girls to take part in creating the technology that will change our world — and who runs it,” said Malala Yousafzai, student, Nobel Laureate and Malala Fund co-founder.
This report was published with support from Echidna Giving. Visit malala.org/fullforce to learn more about Full Force and read the report.