Empowering girls and women through storytelling – the 2016 Laureate for the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education tells her story


By: UNESCO, 06 March 2018

Education plays a central role in empowering women and girls – from providing access to quality learning to enabling personal and professional growth. It helps girls find their passion and take their place in the world.

In my experience at the Directorate of Early Childhood Education Development, it takes a holistic approach to improve girls’ literacy and character development. I found that stories told in mother tongue and centred on strong female characters can significantly support girls’ learning, and help eliminate stereotypes and biases against girls.

Learning starts early, in the womb