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Activist Malala: Invest more in girls' education

Activist Malala: Invest more in girls’ education

Malala Yousafzai – Malala Yousafzai calls for more investment in girls’ education. – © Photo: Manuel Balci Cineta / AP Pool / AP / dpa

At the start of the IMF-World Bank Spring Meeting, IMF President Kristalina Georgieva and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai called for more investment in girls’ education.

“If we want to get the economy back on track, we have to make the right investments,” Georgieva said in Washington on Monday. Educating girls is not an expense, but an investment in the country’s future.

The IMF chief said her message to finance ministers from around the world is simple: “If you want growth to be higher, if you want to increase your family’s income, please educate girls and empower women.” No country can succeed unless it harnesses the full potential of all people – men and women.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate was connected via video

Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai joined the event via video and also urged increased funding for girls’ education and the promotion of equality for women in society. This contributes to the economic performance of the state, helps fight poverty and contain conflicts. Yousafzai, 24, was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her commitment to the right of all children to an education.

Finance ministers, central bank governors, and representatives of the financial sector and development cooperation from around the world travel to the US capital for the Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Some consultations are taking place online due to the pandemic.

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