Amanpour to girls: It's time to power the world

Story highlights

  • Christiane Amanpour writes an open letter to girls of the world
  • " All the number crunchers have it right on this one: education = empowerment," she says
Dear Girls of the World,
There are more than 7 billion people in the world. Half of them are women and girls.
Just imagine the whole world rising, as it will, when all women and girls are empowered.
It has to start with education. All the number crunchers have it right on this one: education = empowerment, from here in the United States to Uruguay and Ulan Bator.
The United Nations, the World Bank and any organization you can think of say that an educated girl is a girl who can get a job, become a breadwinner and raise herself, her family, her village, her community and eventually her whole country. All the stories and statistics show that a healthy society is one whose women are healthy and productive.
Christiane Amanpour
Look at what women and girls are achieving for Rwanda, 19 years after