Senators Jeanne Shaheen
(D-NH), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL),
Susan Brooks (R-IN), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) have
recently introduced the Keeping Girls in
School Act of 2019, a bill designed to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance
programs address the barriers preventing millions of girls around the world
from attaining education. This important
legislation will help close the gender gap in education around the world.
Equal access to education is critical to development of
nations. While we have made some progress, we must do more to close the gender
gaps in education systems. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) estimates that 130
million girls ages 6 to 17 are not attending school. Girls in low-income
countries continue to face many barriers to education, including poverty,
gender-based violence, child marriage, early pregnancy, and conflict.
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