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Without progress for girls, there can be no real progress__ UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka

October 2016
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2016 International Day of the Girl-Child 
Achieving Gender Equality in Education: 
IUGB's Contribution

T he International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) has long championed equal educational opportunity and access for women, realizing that women with a first-class education have the power to substantially improve their communities' economic and social health.  IUGB offers scholarships for qualified students without the means to attend university and at least 50% of its scholarships go to females.  The fourth International Day of the Girl-Child turns worldwide attention on adolescent girls and the  Sustainable Development Goals , target gender equality, among other goals, to be achieved by 2030.  Adolescent girls-1.1 billion strong worldwide-suffer disproportionately due to social, economic and political barriers.    Given the right and access to an equal education, these girls can and will shape our world's future.  Read more...  
From Law to Economics:  Yakhéra Litsé, 2015 IUGB Graduate
Discovers A New Way to Build Her Country

Yakhéra Litsé graduated from IUGB's 2+2 program with Georgia State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Finance. Her unique story highlights a career change during her transition from French to an American-style education.  Yakhéra pursued a literary track at College Saint Viateur d'Abidjan and graduated in 2011. She initially planned to study law next to address injustice: " When I was younger...I wanted to help women, children and poor people who were discriminated against in most African countries. I had the opinion that rich people were getting richer while poverty was aggravating the plight of those who were already suffering. I wanted to fight for gender equality in our African societies, too." Had she stayed within the French system, she would have been committed to Law from the first year of University on.  However, she chose to attend IUGB and found that law classes were not in the undergraduate curriculum, but political science was, so she decided to study it. Her parents, more familiar with Finance, encouraged Yakhéra to focus on this area.  She soon learned that Finance was not her true passion; yet the economics requirements for that degree led to another discovery. Read more...



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