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Hands-Up for Girls Education

Friday, April 11, 2003

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley is offering her support to Oxfam"s "Hands-Up for Girls" Education" campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to get as many girls as boys into primary school by 2005 - around the world.

Oxfam say "Getting girls into school means the difference between life and death for millions. Babies born to mothers without formal education are at least twice as likely to suffer from malnutrition, or die before age 5, than are babies born to mothers who complete Primary School yet 65 million girls in the developing world are being denied their right to education. That"s as many as all of the school-age girls in north America and Europe.

Even one or two years of schooling for mothers cuts child deaths by 15%

Women"s education does more to reduce malnutrition than anything else, including increased food availability"

Meeting with Oxfam"s Adrian Lovett, Meg said "In India nearly a third of rural girls have never been to school and in Ethiopia the figures climbs to almost two-thirds, and yet when money was found to support free primary education in Uganda, the number of girls enrolled in school doubled in three years. It is clear that educating girls improves a country"s health and development hugely, so I will be doing my part to support the campaign by calling on our Government to keep their promise to increase funds for basic education globally."

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For further information please contact Louise Baldock on 07774 786532

Press Officer to Meg Munn MP

Photo: Meg Munn and Oxfam"s Adrian Lovett


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